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Mom Begs Parents Not To Shake Their Babies After Her Ex-Husband Shook Their Baby Son Almost To Death And Left Him Disabled

Date November 19, 2018 14:07

A baby’s crying can be frustrating. However, there are ways to help a baby calm down, such as giving him a pacifier, picking him up and swinging him gently, or singing a lullaby. These methods may or may not work, but there's one thing that parents and caregivers should never, ever do: giving in to frustration and shaking the baby.

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Logan’s story

March 30, 2003, started like a normal day for Miranda Core, of Water Valley, Mississippi. She went to work, leaving her 11-month-old son Logan with his dad, Steve. Little did Miranda know that in a few hours, her and Logan’s lives would change forever.

A few hours after she left for work, Steven came to the store she worked at. He was frantic and told Miranda to come with him. She ran out of the store and saw her baby son in the backseat of the car, covered in vomit and turning blue.

Miranda was in a state of shock, and Steven said something that immediately gave him away. Writing for Love What Matters, Miranda recalled his chilling words:

You gotta believe me, I didn’t do it.

Logan’s parents rushed him to the nearest hospital, and he was transferred to a larger facility, then taken to a children’s hospital by air ambulance. At that point, he was fighting for his life.

The team at the children’s hospital determined that Logan’s brain injury resulted from abuse, not from an accidental fall, like his dad had said. Steven was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, doctors continued their fight for Logan’s life. He had suffered severe brain damage and it was unclear if he would survive. But the boy pulled through and went home to celebrate his first birthday with his family. His doctors considered his survival nothing less than a miracle.

Logan survived, but his injuries were life-changing. Miranda continued her fight for justice after Logan's biological dad was sentenced to 20 years in prison for felony child abuse. Miranda pushed Mississippi legislators to pass a bill to increase the maximum sentence for felony child abuse from 20 years to life. She succeeded, and the bill became known as Logan’s Law, and was signed into effect in April 2005. Logan’s case made history.

Logan’s life was changed forever on that fateful day, March 30, 2003. He was left with permanent brain damage, and that’s how his mom described it, writing for Love What Matters:

Logan is 16. He has a severe form of uncontrollable progressive epilepsy, he is visually impaired and is considered legally blind although he has regained a little vision over the years (he is very nearsighted), he has cerebral palsy, is largely non-verbal, and he is wheelchair bound.

Dealing with the effects of his childhood injury is difficult at times, but Logan and Miranda have the best support they could ask for. Nicholas, the boy’s godfather, has always been there to help him and his mom. He and Miranda eventually fell in love and got married. Nicholas and Miranda also have a daughter, Marley, who loves her older brother to bits and helps take care of him.

Despite his limitations, Logan gets to enjoy simple and happy moments. His mom wrote:

He enjoys being outdoors and we find ways for him to be included in all activities possible. In fact he went to the coast this year for the first time ever and got to bury his toes in the sand!

To raise awareness about shaken baby syndrome (SBS) and its devastating effects, Miranda created a group on Facebook called Logan’s Journey – Shaken baby survivor. She hopes her son’s story can save lives and does everything to bring attention to SBS.

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What is shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome is a term used to describe injuries to the brain and spinal cord that a baby sustains after being forcefully shaken. Violently shaking a baby can result in permanent brain damage or even death.

According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of shaken baby syndrome include the following:

  • extreme fussiness or irritability;
  • extreme lethargy;
  • breathing difficulties;
  • poor feeding;
  • vomiting;
  • pale or bluish skin;
  • paralysis;
  • seizures;
  • coma.

If a baby displays signs of SBS, get medical help immediately.

Mom Begs Parents Not To Shake Their Babies After Her Ex-Husband Shook Their Baby Son Almost To Death And Left Him DisabledStas Nazirov / Shutterstock.com

To prevent SBS, parents and caregivers with anger management issues should seek professional help. One moment of losing self-control can cost a baby his health or even life!

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