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Kassidy Sump and her boyfriend Axton Chancellor are facing child abuse charges after the brutal assault against her 5-month-old daughter.

Wagoner County Couple In Jail Accused Of Abusing 5-Month-Old Child

WAGONER COUNTY, OK  –  A Wagoner County couple is in Jail tonight accused of child abuse against a 5-month-old girl.

Kassidy Sump and her boyfriend Axton Chancellor are facing child abuse charges.

Investigators say the brutal assault against the 5-month-old baby girl happened at their home in Coweta.

An affidavit says the couple, along with the child’s grandparents took the baby to the hospital.  Sheriff Chris Elliott says the couple originally told doctors the child fell off the bed a month ago.  But he says the baby had injuries consistent with abuse with a broken arm, clavicle, a fractured skull and bruising around the face and mouth.

“This baby was so severely injured they transported the baby by ambulance to the main saint Francis hospital located in Tulsa,” said Sheriff Elliott.

The affidavit goes on to say Chancellor admitted to pulling the baby’s arm until he heard a popping sound, dropping her on the floor, and grabbing her face hard enough to cause the bruising.  He told investigators he did this all because the baby was crying.

“This is a very disturbing case from my investigators.  This is a 5-and-a-half-month-old baby that can’t protect herself.  She can’t tell anybody what’s going on and we’re going to prosecute these two individuals to the fullest extent of the law,” said Sheriff Elliott.

Sheriff Elliott says Sump knew that Chancellor had possibly injured her baby girl but failed to treat her for two days.   The affidavit says Sump sought out medical treatment for the baby after the injuries were discovered by the child’s grandmother.

“Everybody failed this little girl.  We just didn’t know what was going on.  Now that we know what’s going on, we’re going to prosecute,” said Sheriff Elliott.

The baby girl is in the hospital recovering from her injuries.  The Wagoner County Sheriff Office says that child and her older sibling are now in protective custody.

Treatment Withdrawn From Infant

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Maria Antonio-Jose, 24

Bonita woman faces aggravated Child Abuse charges after baby in her care is
seriously hurt

LEE COUNTY, FL  –  A 5-month-old baby boy has severe brain damage, and a Bonita Springs woman is facing aggravated child abuse charges after the infant she was watching for a friend stopped breathing, and a medical exam found he had suffered extensive internal injuries.

Maria Antonio-Jose, 24, was arrested Saturday and remains in Lee County Jail on $200,000 bond.  Her arraignment will be July 9.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has opened a child protection investigation into the incident.

“We have not had prior involvement with the child or the alleged perpetrator,” said Natalie Harrell, spokeswoman for Suncoast Region of DCF.  “At this time, as the investigation is ongoing, the information we can share is limited.”

A Lee County Sheriff’s Office report said the baby was left with Antonio-Jose on May 15 while the mother, a friend, went to work.  At noon Antonio-Jose called the mother and told her the baby had stopped breathing due to choking on milk.

The sheriff’s report said Antonio-Jose’s husband also said she called him at work and said the baby had choked on milk and wasn’t breathing.

The infant was first taken to North Collier Hospital and then transported to Golisano Children’s Hospital in south Fort Myers. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, extensive retinal hemorrhaging, ripped right retina, considered to be in a persistent vegetative state and was not expected to recover.

Examination of the child also found that the injury was not consistent with choking but rather with severe child abuse.

A sheriff’s report said the child protection team at Golisano described the brain injury as the result of a rapid acceleration/deceleration injury which, according to medical dictionaries, can be caused by blows or vehicle crashes and results from the abrupt movement and deformation of the brain in the cranial cavity.

Treatment was withdrawn Friday and the infant was transferred to hospice care.

TN Man On Trial For Shaking Baby

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Never discipline a Child when you are angry, and NEVER shake a Child!

More doctors testify in Child Abuse trial

Washington County, TN  –  More doctors testified Thursday at the trial of a Washington County, Tennessee man accused of shaking his baby so hard it caused serious injuries.

Day two started with Dr. Melinda Lucas, one of the doctors who first analyzed 7-month-old Jaden Whitaker, taking the stand for cross-examination by the defense.

The defense tried to create doubt, but after looking at test results, and since Jaden had no prior health issues, the doctor ruled out the theory of a bleeding disorder or stroke, staying with her original conclusion.

“In your professional opinion you said this was a shaking injury,” defense attorney David Robbins asked.  “Acceleration-deceleration, shaking, yes,” Lucas, a pediatric intensive care physician at Niswonger Children’s Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center, testified.

Dr. Lucas was one of four doctors who testified for the prosecution.

Next to the stand was Dr. Anna Kosentka, a child neurologist from Knoxville.

She told the jury her initial examination showed severe internal brain bleeding and retinal hemorrhage, something very unlikely for an infant to experience.

“Most of the time this is a non-accidental trauma,” Dr. Kosentka said. “Sometimes we see this same form of injuries when a child is in a car accident.”

During testimony, doctors came up with similar conclusions, and said one explanation fits.

“Something happened to this child in the form of shaking, acceleration-deceleration force, effecting his brain, causing this bleeding,” Dr. Kosentka said.

Whitaker’s wife is expected to testify Friday.  The defense is still deciding if Whitaker will take the stand.

He’s charged with aggravated child abuse, a crime that carries anywhere from 15-25 years in prison. 

Cell Phones Seized In VA Child Abuse Case

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Jwawn Lamont James Sr., 41

Roanoke Memorial staff said the child had retinal hemorrhaging, which is commonly associated with “Shaken Baby Syndrome”

SALEM, VA  –  Newly released search warrants detail moments leading up to the death of a 3-month-old child in Salem.

Salem police have charged the father, Jwawn Lamont James Sr., 41, with abuse and neglect of a child, and aggravated malicious wounding.

According to court documents, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 Salem Fire & Rescue along with officers from the Salem Police Department responded to 1016 Homestead Dr. in Salem in reference to an unresponsive child.

Upon arrival, police interviewed the child’s father, James, to determine the circumstances that led to the child’s state.

James advised to police as he was carrying his daughter into the home he tripped at the front door and dropped the car seat/carrier.

James indicated she was not strapped in, which caused his daughter to fall out of the car seat/carrier and on to her face and head.

James said he then picked up the child, checked to make sure she was OK, and placed her into the bassinet while he took a shower. James told police that after getting out of the shower, he found his daughter unresponsive and called 911.  James said he proceeded to shake his daughter due to her being unresponsive.

The 3-month-old was transported to Roanoke Memorial for treatment.

At the hospital, detectives spoke with hospital staff regarding the child’s condition.  Roanoke Memorial staff said the child had retinal hemorrhaging, which is commonly associated with “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, a collapsed lung, and head trauma.

Roanoke Memorial Hospital staff advised the child’s injuries were not consistent with the manner in which James provided that they occurred, and more likely the result of child abuse.

As a result, detectives requested to search James’ residence for any evidence related to abuse.

Things searched for:

  • Any and all seats, swings, and/or bassinets that the child may have been placed-in to include the padding and bedding commonly associated with these items
  • Any and all documents related to the care of the child such as hospital and/or doctor records
  • Any and all throw-rugs and/or mats located in the entry way of the residence
  • Any and all medications appropriate to be administered to a 3 month old child
  • Any and all pacifiers and/or other soothing devices
  • Any and all devices such as bottles or spoons used to feed a 3 month old child
  • Resident searched: 1016 Homestead Drive in Salem – single story ranch style home

Also, detectives have seized three cell phones – a Samsung Galaxy, Kyocera, and Motorola Droid – for the search and forensic analysis of the electronic devices and storage media for digital/text pictures, call logs, SMS messages, contact and videos.