Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dad arrested for severely abusing 5-month-old son; infant now blind, with permanent brain damage (Mercer County, West Virginia)

A case where Mom had to work and support the family, so she had to rely on the criminal daddy (fresh out of jail) for caretaking. Of course it ended up being a disaster. But the U.S. doesn't provide paid maternity leaves for moms, and certainly no decent affordable infant care. So this is what happens.

Nevertheless, even though Mom was basically guilty of holding a job and having to depend on others for child care help, she has lost custody though she is apparently not charged with anything. Except maybe failing to "supervise" this abusive creep. And how is a woman supposed to "supervise" a violent male? Does the state issue firearms? Typical of the way women are held responsible for men's crimes.

Dad is identified as BILLY WHITE.

Father accused of severely injuring infant arrested

Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 8:42 pm
By SAMANTHA PERRY Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man accused of shaking his infant son so hard it blinded the baby and caused permanent brain damage was arrested Wednesday evening.

Billy White, 27, who last known address was Princeton, was found hiding in a closet in Lashmeet, said Sgt. M.D. Clemons, with the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit.

Clemons, who made the arrest, said White is charged with child neglect resulting in serious injury and child abuse.

The case stems from an incident that occurred on May 30, 2014, when White called Mercer County 911 and stated that his infant son had turned blue and stopped breathing.

The 5-month-old child was transported by the Princeton Rescue Squad to Princeton Community Hospital, where a CT scan discovered a subdural hematoma on his brain, according to Clemons' criminal complaint.

The infant was transferred to Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston where physicians determined that he had been shaken. As a result of being shaken, he had tears on the inside and outside of his retinas and was unable to see.

 It was also determined that the baby had left lateral rib fractures on four ribs, Clemons said. The baby had permanent brain damage as a result of the incident.

Clemons obtained a statement from White and was told that on May 30 he was alone with the infant because his biological mother, Christina Bolin, 21, was working at a local motel. White said he had been living with Bolin and the infant since he was released from jail in April 2014.

White stated that the infant had been sick “for a couple of weeks,” and that approximately a week and a half prior to the infant being hospitalized, he had been tossing the infant up in the air and the infant “hit his soft spot on a board,” Clemons said. White also said that at approximately 5:30 a.m. on May 30, 2014, the infant woke up screaming and had "puked" all over himself.

White told Clemons that the infant "quit breathing, went limp, and his eyes rolled back in his head," according to the criminal complaint.

White advised that he “shook him a little” to try and get the infant breathing again and poured cold water on his back, Clemons said in the criminal complaint.                                                                                                                                                                        
"His excuse for shaking the baby was that he was trying to revive him," Clemons said Wednesday. However, she noted that medical research has shown that "whoever the baby goes limp with is the one who has shaken the baby. It's an immediate reaction after the shaking."
Clemons said the infant's symptoms, including lethargy, vomiting and seizures, are consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Bolin was arrested last week on a charge of child neglect resulting in serious injury.

Clemons said she was referred to the investigation by a Mercer County Child Protective Service worker. Clemons was advised that Bolin and White had three other children along with the infant, and that their parental rights to these children had been terminated.

Clemons was also informed that Bolin had physical custody of the infant, but the state had legal custody and Bolin was on an improvement period. White was not supposed to be around the infant unsupervised.