crime and punishment
Mom And Dad Wanted Justice For What Happened To Their Baby, Got Rejected For Odd Reason
There was all the evidence needed and even a confession by the perpetrator, but the state of Oregon dropped all charges anyway!
What in the world? Is this insanity? Well many on social media believed it was insanity.
The picture of the Oregon toddler beat up by his babysitter went viral. A detective told the upset father the strike could have been fatal, and the babysitter even fessed up to the attack.
The couple had taken the child to the hospital and filed a police report.
The state dropped all charges because Jacob could not speak about his pain. Serious!
Even though Joshua Marbury’s 1-year-old son was covered in bruises and scars from the babysitter’s alleged beating, the accused abuser is protected by a 2012 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling that discourages prosecutors from filing charges since the baby can’t talk.
Marbury was furious as the charges were dropped, after baby Jacob had suffered a severe smack that left a black eye, bruises and a stinging palm print on the child’s face.
“I’m so extremely upset, it’s disturbing, on this little innocent baby,” Jacob’s mother, Alicia Quinney told the news. “To think someone could do this to him.”
The father, Joshua Marbury, went to Facebook:
I normally keep my matters with family very private cause i dont need the attention. But this is different. TWO months ago if not longer my 1 year old son was smacked across the right side of his face by our babysitter (keep this person anonymous) to the point where MULTIPLE doctors (who in fact showed us hand prints) and the detective said it could have killed him.
After several days if not week of being distracted at my job (only commission sales job and only source of income) we had a confession from the abuser saying they did it. STILL this person was not arrested because they had to build a case and a jury to find him guilty BEFORE they go to jail. Side note if im not mistaken (if i strike a person in the face and the cops were called i would be put in hand cuffs immediately).
After TWO months of waiting we only find out that charges are dropped BECAUSE my one year old cannot tell you verbally he was abused and my son did not show he was in pain OR that this person “intentionally” did this.
I am SO furious that im not using profanity HOPING something is done and this goes viral.
I did my part with GOD and your “advise” to not recourse to my own action with revenge. DO YOUR PART, you have a verbal confession and evidence showing a hand print!!!! A dead body cant tell you who killed them. Yet a baby isnt held to the same standard because he cant talk???? Well neither can a dead body.
THATS BLASPHEMY. You waited 2 months if not longer to tell us this???? Something needs to be done. NOBODY can just hit a child and more to just get away with it because the child cant verbally tell you. Your help is appreciated in the portland area if we can share or tag news and or local papers etc. Alicia Quinney
Sherwood Police had said Oregon law would be difficult to prosecute Jacob’s alleged abuser.
The law in reference is the 2012 ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals which makes it difficult to prove “substantial pain” in child abuse cases where the victim cannot speak. The legal interpretation makes it difficult to file charges in cases where the child is an infant or toddler, developmentally challenged or scared to speak out against their alleged abuser.
Want the good news? After the insanity went viral, the state acted! Nothing like a good win for the little guy! But it took social media pressure to right things!
Markell Hilaire pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in the attack that left the baby bruised and battered and said he was sorry for what he had done.
Hilaire was arrested in June after Jacob’s furious father took to social media to share photos of the beating aftermath and to blast authorities for failing to act because of a technicality.
The post and the photos “prompted authorities to take another look” at the case.
I bet it did!