A baby’s body is quite fragile during the first part of its life. The bones are still fairly soft and will take time to harden. It’s only after this time will a baby be able to crawl and then walk without fear of permanent damage.
A horrific story from NBC News shows what can happen to the bones when a parent assaults a baby. A father has been charged with battery and child neglect after an ER visit.
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The one-month child had several bruises and bone fractures according to the police. The child had suffered a broken arm, a broken foot, and two broken legs. There was also an injury to the child’s tongue. Even more horrifying, the doctors said that these injuries were not recent. Bruising was also found all over the body.
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After questioning the father, they learned that he had intermittent explosive disorder and wasn’t taking medication for it. This is a disorder that causes people to fly into terrible abusive rages. He was arrested but has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He has admitted to forcing a pacifier into the baby’s mouth and holding down the child’s arms and legs.
We hope that the child can recover swiftly and that those responsible for injuring a child not even a month old will be brought to justice. Bone breaks can also occur when doctors apply too much pressure on babies during birth or when something goes seriously wrong during labor.