A hematoma happens when blood escapes a blood vessel and collects inside the body in a clot. It’s a type of internal bleeding that can be fatal, depending on the vessel and the location. Infants can receive these during traumatic birth or through negligent medical practices. However, many infant hematomas are due to injury after birth.
One tragic example comes from yourvalley.net where a father was sentenced for killing his three-month-old daughter. Jose Orellana-Ruiz will serve time in Arizona for second-degree murder.
In 2017, he asked his daughter’s mother to bring the child for a visit overnight. During that night, he woke his family because the infant was unconscious. She died three days later from a skull fracture and a subdural hematoma, which is a hematoma located near the brain. There was also bruising to the face.
When investigators questioned the father, he told them that she fell while he was holding them. Later, he admitted that due to the baby’s crying he threw her against a headboard, then threw baby bottles at her face.
Orellana-Ruiz pled guilty to the charges. He was arrested, tried, and will now serve 27 years in prison.
An infant’s skull is still forming even after birth. That’s why they have a soft spot on their head. It puts the brain at risk for injury from things like hematomas. This is why you should never allow your baby’s head to strike something. Sadly, in this case, deliberate harm lead to a baby’s death.