Washington State was ordered to pay $1.5 million to the family of a baby boy who suffered from horrific injuries and abuse as a 7-month-old, that will likely impact his brain for the rest of his life.
The baby’s mother and her boyfriend are currently facing serious prison time after it turned out that the boyfriend had been beating the infant child.
During one argument, the boyfriend punched the 7-month-old baby in the face. Eventually police were called, and the day after the incident, Child Protective Services came to visit. However, the investigator from CPS didn’t notice the baby’s swollen face and bruises. He spent a short time at the home and left, making no notes.
Some time after, the infant had to be rushed to the emergency room, as the child had broken bones, internal bleeding, skull fractures, and was hemorrhaging.
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Several days later, the social worker visited once again but did not examine the child closely. The attorneys argued that if the social worker had more closely examined the boy, he “would have seen additional bruising that occurred since his last visit.”
The baby’s mother and her boyfriend brought the child to the emergency room on October 30, 2011, with injuries that included broken limbs, skull fractures and hemorrhaging.
The attorneys argued that the social worker “ignored all of the red flags” that could have prevented the baby from being hurt any further.
The boy survived the abuse and is now living with his biological father but “will likely never learn or function at the same proficiency as peers his age,” according to the attorneys.
“We believe this settlement provides the means for this child to get the care and recovery resources he needs to live a healthy life,” DSHS Childrens’ Administration Assistant Secretary Jennifer Strus told KING-TV.
The abuser, DeShawn Little Eagle, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for first-degree assault.
Glad the baby got some $$. But I think social workers need to be trained more efficiently. This is happening way too often! The baby had a swollen face etc & they didn’t think anything of this??? Why do ppl have children if they don’t want to take care of them? ??” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“I pray for that little one. I hope the court had guidelines for the money given so that the funds are used for only the child ‘s needs. A trust fund with oversight by a neural person. Sometimes the parent or caregiver lives the high life and there is nothing left for the child,” another added.