Babysitter Who Beat 1 Year Old Not Being Charged
St. Louis, Missouri
May 24, 2016 11:54am CST
On the morning after being left with a babysitter while his parents went on a date night, 1 year old Jacob was covered in bruises. The babysitter ended up admitting to beating Jacob that night while his parents were gone, but amazingly isn't being charged! Why you may ask? Because Oregon law isn't allowing it!!! In Oregon, the victim has to be able to prove the mistreatment was intentional. A 1 year old baby who can't speak can't prove anything and by the letter of Oregon law – can't prove anything. The law only allows for “impaired” people who cannot speak to not have to prove mistreatment and because Jacob is a healthy 1 year old, that does not apply to him. The abuser, despite the confession is being allowed to go free. This is the most insane case of child abuse I've ever heard! Not only was this baby abused by his babysitter but now he's being re-victimized by the state which will not prosecute his abuser!
11 people like this
• United States
24 May 16
A child is a ward of his parents. His parents should be able to speak for him. Beating a baby is intentional. The law should let his parents speak for him because they make all other decisions for him, what he will eat, where he will sleep etc.
3 people like this
• Rochester, New York
24 May 16
This is absolutely horrible. I babysat for over 20 years and never even thought of raising a hand to a child no matter how upset they got me. If they were crying I hugged them. If they were getting into something then they helped me bake cookies or something.