Tragic Accident or Child Abuse and Neglect?

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Sadly, accidents happen all the time. They are tragic and heartbreaking. That is what happened to a 37-year-old mother in Inskter, Michigan.

On Monday night, her 21-month-old boy, Anthony, was found unconscious in a hot tub. He was confirmed dead on Tuesday by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. Spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that an autopsy was performed, but the results are pending results.

According to the Detroit Free Press the toddler was found face down in inches of “scalding hot water” in an upstairs whirlpool bathtub. The toddler was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but sadly died overnight.

Mark Patterson, a neighbor who spoke with WXYZ (Channel 7), said, “She was frantic and she was hurt as anybody would be. It was a tragic accident. She was a single mother and she was doing the best she could…this is just a tragic situation.”

While this is a very “tragic accident”, the mother of this 21-month-old has found herself in custody.

According to Jeffrey Twardzik, of the Inkster Police Department, this family had been involved with Children Protective Services (CPS). WXYZ Detroit reports that this mother lost her 7-year old son, an 8-year-old sister, and a 15-year old son to CPS in March 2014 because she lacked suitable housing and she had committed welfare fraud.

The Inkster police will certainly be investing if this was just an accident or possible neglect on her part. Being in a situation like this is truly heartbreaking, and one that seeking legal guidance with is imperative.

Child Neglect

According the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), “Child neglect is harm or threated harm to a child’s health or welfare by a parent or legal guardian, or any person responsible for the child’s health or welfare.”

  • Neglect includes failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care.
  • Placing a child at an unreasonable risk to the child’s health or welfare by failure of the parent, legal guardian, or other person responsible for the child’s health or welfare to intervene to eliminate that risk when that person is able to do so and has or should have knowledge of the risk.

Child Abuse

The definition of child abuse according to the MDHHS is,

“Harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare that occurs through non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment, by a parent, a legal guardian, or another person responsible for the children’s health and welfare or by a teacher, a teacher’s aide, or a member of the clergy.”

When Faced With a Child Abuse or Neglect Charge

When a person is facing a child abuse or neglect charge they need to seek legal advice right away. This individual could be facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge depending on the circumstances of the case.

There is hope. Having an experienced defense attorney is a right that the defendant has. A defense attorney will be able to walk an individual through the ins and out of what they are about to go through. If you or someone you love is facing child neglect or child abuse charges, seek help right away. Please call my office today.

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