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Hot Vehicle Claims First Child In 2018

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#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

Family Of 1-Year-Old Who Died In Hot Car Had No DCF History

#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

MIAMI, FL  –  The Department of Children and Families says the family of a 1-year-old who died after being left in a hot car had no history with the child welfare system.

The department has opened a child protective investigation but says all details remain confidential.

DCF Secretary Mike Carroll did release a statement saying,

“My heart goes out to this family who have lost a precious child.  It is easy to assume this could never happen to you, but time and time again I see caregivers who let themselves slip into a routine when transporting children and make a fatal mistake when that routine is disrupted.  More than half of all child deaths from hot cars are the result of a parent inadvertently leaving the child in their car..”

The case prompted strong words from Miami-Dade Police spokesman, Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

He told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “This is something that we, in society, cannot allow to continue to happen.  The precious cargo in your car is a child and there is no way that we as parents can forget the precious child in your car. This is happening way too often.”

“No matter how hectic our schedule is, no matter how fast paced our lives are, we can not allow our kids to be put in danger,” said Zabaleta.  “We just need to learn how to slow down and concentrate on what we are doing.”

The 1-year-old boy was apparently forgotten in the car Wednesday at a strip mall near Bird Road and 97th Avenue.

The baby’s mother works at a beauty salon in the mall, according to witnesses. They said she was not supposed to work on Wednesday but came in on her day off.

She reportedly came to work at the Forever Young Spa around 9 a.m., parked the car in the back and, at about 12:30 p.m., they heard loud screams and commotion when she found her child.

The baby was a transported to Kendall Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

It was a hot day Wednesday with temperatures in the mid-80s.  Temperatures inside the car could’ve reached up to 100°.

Witnesses said the mother was devastated and screaming.  She said something along the lines of because of work – this happened.

At this time, it is unclear if there will be any charges related to this incident. Zabaleta said the case is being referred to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office.  Witnesses said police have recovered surveillance tape from the scene but it is not being released.

A friend of the family said that family members were too upset to say anything right now.

At the salon, customers said they were upset after hearing the news.

“I can’t imagine anything like this happening,” said Cathy O’Sullivan, who also has children.

Another customer, Shanin Alvarez, said, “This is such a sad story to hear this.  I don’t know what happened, if she was distracted or if she is a first-time mother.”

Customer Lidia Gutierrez said, “It is horrible.  It is just so sad.”  Her friend and another customer, Iala Isarque, said, “I just really have no words to say.”

Following the incident, Carroll did ask parents to find a safety strategy that works for them, suggesting the following:

  • Be sure to check the back seat every time you leave the vehicle.
  • Put your purse, briefcase, lunch, etc. in the backseat so you are sure to look before you lock the door.
  • Do not let your children play near vehicles; they may accidentally lock themselves in.
  • If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping your kids off, have them call you at drop off so you know everyone made it safely.

For more information on tips to hot car preventions, click here.

Heatstroke

On average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles.  Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

KIDSANDCARS.org

Mother Knew Children Were Being Abused

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Jaycieion Sanchez

Utah mother charged with Child Abuse after boyfriend allegedly kills her 1-year-old son

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT  –  The mother of a young boy who police say was killed by the woman’s 17-year-old boyfriend was charged Monday with abusing the child.

Utah Teen Charged After Toddler Death

Gena Nicole Sanchez, 22, is charged with two counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony, accusing her of seeing signs that her children were being abused but not doing anything about those signs, KSL reported.

Last week, Isaiah Weaver, 17, was charged as an adult with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, in the death of 21-month-old Jaycieion Sanchez.

He is also charged with two counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony.

For about a month, police say Weaver, Sanchez and Sanchez’s three children were living with Sanchez’s mother in West Valley City.

On Jan. 16, police were called to the apartment on a report that Jaycieion was unconscious and unresponsive.

Police found the baby, who was cold to the touch, lying on his back on the bathroom floor with his eyes partially open and a large bruise on his cheek, according to charging documents.

He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A doctor at the hospital determined “it was likely that (Jaycieion) had been deceased for some time before emergency personnel had arrived,” the charges say.

Medical personnel observed bruising and scars “all over” the boy’s body as well as severe head trauma, according to the charges.

At the apartment, police found “fresh blood droplets on the walls, ceiling, and many other pieces of furniture in the bedroom shared by Weaver and Sanchez.”

A 5-year-old sibling of Jaycieion told police that Weaver, who watched the younger children while Sanchez went to work, would discipline them by heating a clothing hanger with a lighter and then spanking them with it, according to court documents.

Weaver, who “admitted that he had a bad temper,” also said he was throwing Jaycieion in the air “because he wanted him to be quiet,” and the boy hit his head on the ceiling, the charges said.

In addition, a few times in the days before his death while he was throwing Jaycieion, the boy landed with his head hitting the floor, police say the teen told them.

Sanchez said she “noticed Weaver seems jealous” of her relationship with Jaycieion, the charges said.

She said she watched as Weaver allegedly spanked Jaycieion’s bare bottom and one time kicked her son in the back.

She also observed marks on her 2-year-old child’s chest and watched Weaver hit him in the mouth once, the charges state.

The mother told police she “had a weird feeling” about going to work on Jan. 16, but went anyway “because they needed the money.”

Be The Difference In Human Trafficking

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Prevent, Recognize and Report human trafficking.

TX AG Paxton Unveils New Training Video
to Mobilize Texans in the Fight Against
Human Trafficking

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today introduced a new comprehensive training video to educate and mobilize all Texans in the fight against human trafficking.  The nearly hour-long video was developed over the last year by the attorney general’s Human Trafficking/Transnational Organized Crime (HTTOC) section and debuted during a public screening at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center.

“This remarkable training video represents my deep conviction to inform, educate and empower Texans to prevent, recognize and report human trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “‘Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking’ was created to enlist citizens from every walk of life to help Texas in its nationwide leadership role to combat and ultimately eliminate this horrific and dehumanizing crime.”

Texas is responsible for the nation’s second highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and recent research indicates that at any given time there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in the state.

At the screening, Attorney General Paxton announced that his office is providing the human trafficking training video to all Texas state agencies, with the potential of reaching 315,000 state employees.  The video is mandatory viewing for the 4,000 employees of the attorney general’s office.  “I am challenging my fellow state agency heads to follow suit,” he said.

Attorney General Paxton applauded the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for being the first state agency to use the video in the training of all 8,000 of its front-line caseworkers.

Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” shares the compelling and often deeply emotional stories of human trafficking from the perspective of survivors, experts, law enforcement, and good Samaritans, including a Texan who helped authorities shut down a major human trafficking operation in his own neighborhood of The Woodlands.  The training video is available for anyone to watch at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/human-trafficking.

Launched in January 2016, Attorney General Paxton’s HTTOC section has assisted or consulted on dozens of cases, such as the arrest of the CEO of Backpage.com, whose online “adult” ads were linked to sex trafficking of women and children.

It also partners with Truckers Against Trafficking and the Texas Trucking Association on an innovative public-private-program to put more eyes and ears on the road to catch human trafficking.  Since its inception, HTTOC has provided human trafficking awareness training to more than 15,000 people across the state of Texas. 

Utah Teen Charged After Toddler Death

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17-year-old babysitter was booked for child abuse homicide.

Teen babysitter faces Child Abuse homicide charge after child dies in West Valley City

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT  –  A teenage babysitter has been booked into detention and faces a charge of child abuse homicide after a 21-month-old baby died Tuesday.

According to the West Valley City Police Department, 21-month-old Jaycieion Sanchez died after emergency units responded to a home near 4600 South and 2900 West in West Valley City Tuesday around noon.

The unconscious child was flown to a hospital, but despite medical efforts the child died.

The child was at home with a sibling and a babysitter at the time, and police stated they saw “multiple visible injuries that were not consistent with statements given by the babysitter regarding the circumstances of the child’s death.”

Police conducted an investigation and served a search warrant at the home, and authorities questioned the babysitter as well as the child’s mother and grandmother.

Ultimately, the 17-year-old babysitter was booked into Salt Lake Valley Detention for child abuse homicide.

No further details about the case were immediately available.  Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Biting Will Not Stop The Crying Either

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Robert Anthony Resendiz has been accused of bending his 6-month-old infant son in half to silence his crying. Police said the child died on December 21.

Arizona Infant Violently Bent in Half by Dad Has Died

PHOENIX, AZ  –  A 6-month-old baby boy died December 21 after his father aggressively bent him in half to silence his crying.

Robert Anthony Resendiz, 30, was arrested after his infant son arrived at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on December 19 with severe injuries AzFamily.com reported.

Upon examination of the victim’s body, doctors found a grade 4 liver laceration, a left lateral wrist fracture, a laceration of the pancreas and pattern bruising to the right thigh, according to Maricopa County, Arizona, court documents.

In an initial interview with police, Resendiz claimed that he put the baby to sleep on a sofa sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. on December 18.  He said that he called 911 more than 12 hours later when the baby did not wake from sleeping.

According to the probable cause statement, Resendiz called 911 and told the receiver he had woken up to find his baby “unresponsive and not breathing” at 12:45 p.m. the next day.

But examination of the infant’s body and statements from the baby’s mother disproved Resendiz’s account of events in his 911 call and initial interview.

The child’s mother said her son was “awake and alert” when she left for work at 9 a.m. on December 19, according to the probable cause statement.

She then texted Resendiz around 9:45 a.m. to “ensure he was properly caring for her son,” and at 11:45 a.m. she received a reply from Resendiz notifying her that the baby was fine.

An hour later, she received another text from Resendiz that said the child was no longer breathing.

Resendiz eventually admitted to police that he had pressed the infant’s legs over his head and bent his body in order to stop him from crying.

“Robert stated he used approximately 65 percent of his strength to place pressure on the victim and did not release pressure until the victim had stopped moving and was limp,” according to the probable cause statement.  “Robert used an infant doll in order to demonstrate the position of he and the victim.”

The statement concluded, “Robert also stated he had bitten the infant two times on the body out of frustration.”