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Violent Shaking Gives Baby Cerebral Palsy

Destiny Concepcion, born a healthy baby a year and a half ago, now has cerebral palsy after being shaken by her mother, Halloran Carr.  After two days of deliberation, a jury in Cincinnati, Ohio found Carr guilty of child endangerment.  She is now facing up to 8 years in prison.

Frustrated Mother Shook her Crying Baby

Carr, overwhelmed by the persistent crying of her then 3-month-old baby, shook her in a frustrated attempt to make her stop.  Shortly thereafter Carr noticed that something appeared to be physically wrong with young Destiny.  She called 911 and the baby was hospitalized.

Mother Questioned by Police at Hospital

After Destiny was received at the hospital the doctors tending to her became suspicious of her condition.  They asked Carr what had happened.  She explained that she had fallen down a staircase while holding her child.

The doctors, unsatisfied with Carr’s explanation, informed the police of the situation.  The police confronted Carr, expressing doubts in the story she had concocted.  After only a few probing questions, she confessed to shaking Destiny.

Baby Suffered Permanent Injuries

Destiny is now 15-months-old but has the developmental skills of a 3-month-old.  The shaking her mother gave her was so violent that it caused:

  • A fracture in her skull
  • Bleeding around her brain
  • Abdominal injuries
  • A cut on her liver
  • A cut on her spleen

"She's legally blind. She will never function normally as an adult or child," Assistant Prosecutor Jocelyn Chess told jurors.

Injuries Cause Child’s Cerebral Palsy

Destiny Concepcion now suffers from cerebral palsy due to the brain injuries she sustained.  It is not uncommon for an infant who suffers severe head trauma to develop the condition.

Children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy face many physical and mental challenges.  These challenges often include:

  • Muscle tightness and spasticity 
  • Difficulty moving or involuntary movements
  • Mental Retardation
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Seizure Disorders 
  • Skeletal Problems 
  • Vision Impairment 
  • Dental problems
  • Hearing impairment 
  • Trouble Swallowing
  • Speech Impairment
  • Bladder and Bowel Movement Problems 
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Feeding trouble
  • Skin disorders

(Source: Cincinnati Inquirer)

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