Baby’s Skull Fracture Leads to Felony Charges for Babysitter
By John Cooper, Newport News Brain Injury Attorney
Full recovery is expected for an infant who suffered a skull fracture while under the care of a babysitter in Newport News, Virginia (VA). The child was just 8 months old when he suffered the traumatic head injury at the home-based day care operated by Savannah O’Berry.
The baby’s parents suspected their child was ill or injured after they picked him up on October 6, 2010, and the child began vomiting and stopped responding to stimuli. Doctors at a local hospital detected fluid on the baby’s brain and broken bones in his head. Surgery relieved pressure on the child’s brain before any permanent damage was done.
O’Berry now faces two charges of felony child neglect for causing or permitting the infant to suffer a life-threatening injury and for showing reckless disregard for human life. The former child care provider could serve 15 years in jail if convicted and sentenced to the maximum penalties.
Police who arrested the babysitter did not release details about how the baby’s skull got fractured, but statistics on the causes of serious head injuries and traumatic brain injuries indicate that a fall, drop or abuse (assault) may have occurred. Data also show that infants, toddlers and children younger than 4 years of age are the most likely group to sustain TBIs.
As a parent and personal injury attorney who has represented several families whose children have suffered TBIs, I know how distraught the parents in this case must feel. They put their trust in a day care provider only to see their baby put at risk for brain damage and a lifelong struggle with disabilities. The worst seems not to have happened here, but it is comforting to know that the babysitter who allegedly harmed the child is being held responsible.
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