Birth injury lawsuits aren’t just pursued against hospitals and doctors. Sometimes it’s family members who cause the injuries. You can sue them in court as well, even if they are facing criminal charges like in this case.
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A Coos County man pled guilty to manslaughter, assault, and criminal mistreatment after he injured his four-month-old son in 2015. KCBY reported on the story. When the baby was taken to the ER, doctors said he had extensive and severe brain injuries. There were also old and new brain bleeding, eye bleeding, and a rib fracture that was healing.
The baby was not able to recover and fell into a vegetative state. Due to the baby’s circumstances, he was placed into foster care. The baby was adopted by the foster family in 2017 and died a few months later.
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Despite knowing abuse had happened, charges were not pursued back in 2015 when the incident happened. At the time of the abuse they could only charge the father for assault. Given the baby’s condition, they knew he had a high probability of death in the near future due to the abuse. Thus, they waited for the baby’s passing so they could charge the father with manslaughter.
The mother was also indicted for criminal mischief for failing to give the child proper medial care.