Using Baby as a Blunt Object


Thin Black Line
October 15, 2006, 08:16 AM
Quick note: postpartem depression/battered woman syndrome neither
explains nor excuses this. I haven't seen a baby with a skull fracture
due to this (yet), but unfortunately have had cases with babies used as
weapons and shields --without major injury-- in the past.

Maybe another waiting period or a ban will cure the evils of the human heart? :rolleyes:
However, we do have a community turn-in, it's called adoption.

Use of baby as weapon stuns

Police: Woman hit man with infant

Ramesh Santanam, The Associated Press

ERIE, PA. - Pregnant with her fifth child, Chytoria Graham often walked the streets of her working-class neighborhood, happily pushing her 1-year-old in a stroller while the other children walked alongside her.

"I've never seen her without her kids," said Loretta Ritchie, who lives near Graham. "She always kept the girls' hair combed, dressed real pretty."

But now Graham's children have been taken from her by authorities -- except for 4-week-old Jarron. He is in a hospital after a horrific event that has stunned police and prosecutors, and prompted strangers who read about him to offer to adopt the boy: Authorities say she grabbed the infant by his feet and swung him, hitting her boyfriend and fracturing the baby's skull.

"Unfortunately, I have seen child abuse cases upfront," said Capt. Frank Kwitowski, a 20-year Erie police officer. "But this is the first time I've seen a child actually picked up and used as a weapon."

David Kolko, a professor of psychiatry, psychology and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, said child abuse most often happens because of a direct conflict with the child. This case, though, doesn't seem to follow the rule.

"But we only hear about the tragedies and the bad cases, and we assume this is an exception," Kolko said. "We have a very skewed view of what physical abuse means."

The abuse Graham is accused of is rare, but not unheard of, said Judith Cohen, medical director of Allegheny General Hospital's Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, a Pittsburgh center that sees more than 300 patients annually.

"Many children die every year from their parents beating and battering them," she said.

Erie County's Office of Children and Youth, like other child welfare agencies in the state, can't comment on whether Graham had a history of abuse. But defense attorney Alison Scarpitti said: "There's nothing in her background [to indicate] she would do anything to harm a child."

Police say Graham told them she had been drinking and "snapped." Her attorneys say Graham, who is unemployed and lives with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Deangelo Troop, could be suffering from postpartum depression, possibly even battered-woman syndrome.

Police were told Thursday that Jarron, who was delivered by Caesarean section Sept. 11, was in serious but stable condition in a drug-induced coma at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The baby emerged from the coma Friday, according to police.

Police arrived at Graham and Troop's apartment about 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, finding broken household items, furniture knocked over and paramedics treating Jarron.

Graham told investigators she was out drinking the night before and argued with Troop when she got home. The argument turned to shoving and pushing.

As Jarron lay in bed wrapped in a blanket, police say, Graham grabbed the infant and swung him at Troop.

When Graham put the child down, they said, Troop punched her in the eye. Graham called 911.

Graham was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail and charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

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Gray Peterson
October 15, 2006, 08:49 AM
There is a special place in the underverse for this woman.

Jeff White
October 15, 2006, 09:45 AM
It's also off topic at THR. Post it on APS.....Jeff

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