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Hush Little Baby, No More Lullabies

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Last Edited: October 14, 2006, 1:27 am

I remember singing lullabies to crying babies to comfort them.

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat.
And if that billy goat won't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won't bark,
Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Now parents just beat them to death.

I know lately I've been posting a lot of bad news, but it never stops!  I'm afraid if we squirm and turn away in revulsion, it will continue to spread like all the other horrors in the world. It's as if we get used to them. "Oh, another school shooting today, Hon," Mrs. Johnson says as she greets her husband at the door. Tonight I turned on the 11:00 local news and in Fort Myers, about 20-25 miles from my home, another infant was beaten to death by his father....the man said she cried too much.  Her skull was fractured and her chest had been crushed by a hard blow.  The TV news Friday evening said the infant was dead for 3 days before the police were called which conflicts with the newspaper article below. In any case, it's very sad and disturbing.
From The News-press
 

Police accuse dad of killing baby
 

By Michelle L. Start
mstart@news-press.com

Originally posted on October 12, 2006

Born prematurely, 2-month-old Solycia Devine Clark spent most of her short life hospitalized.

Ten days after the girl returned to her parents’ care, her father killed her, Fort Myers police Sgt. Mike Carr said Wednesday.

Police charged Antonio Devon Clark, 22, with second-degree murder after preliminary autopsy reports showed Solycia had head and chest injuries. Clark also faces charges of aggravated abuse and probation violation for possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Solycia was pronounced dead Monday at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center after paramedics tried to revive her at the Gulfstream Isles apartment where she lived with Clark, her mother, Michele Frye, and a 20-month-old brother.

Paramedics received a report from the home at 10:29 a.m. Monday that the girl was not breathing.

Clark confessed to the killing, Carr said. Police declined to provide further details.
The public defender’s office has advised Clark against talking to reporters.

No one was home at Clark’s Red Cedar Drive apartment Wednesday afternoon.

Clark is being held in the Lee County Jail without bail.

Police called Florida Department of Children & Families officials to investigate whether Solycia’s brother had been abused, Carr said.

Neither police nor DCF officials would say whether the child had been removed from the home. DCF officials declined to say whether the agency had previously been called to the home.

Clark was convicted in 2004 for cocaine possession, court records show. He spent 19 days in jail for violating probation on the drug charge.

Clark is the second Fort Myers man in five months to be accused of killing his infant child.

John Thomas Hickman Jr., 22, pleaded guilty Aug. 29 in the May slaying of his son, 11-week-old John Thomas Hickman III.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has said Hickman Jr. abused the boy because he was crying. He bruised the boy’s ribs, broke his back and fractured his skull, according to DCF records.

The child’s mother, Yakelin Diaz, is scheduled to go on trial Nov. 6 on child abuse charges. Police and DCF accuse the mother of overlooking the abuse her son endured.

It rarely is intentional when fathers kill their infant children, said Duane Dobbert, a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University who specializes in criminal forensics.

“It is sometimes an absolute act of anxiety, despair and frustration,” Dobbert said. “Maybe he hasn’t slept all night and the baby keeps crying. It is an irrational act. It usually comes down to the fact that the child is crying.”

It sounds to me as if he is making excuses for these baby killers.

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Comments

1.
Rick GComment by Rick G - October 14, 2006, 12:01 pm
"It usually comes down to the fact that the child is crying.”

He's not making excuses, Nancy...that's a sad fact. Almost every story like this was precipitated by a baby that wouldn't stop crying. When my children did this, and all the usual solutions failed, I would take them on a car ride even if it was the middle of the night. It always settled them down and got them back to sleep.
2.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 14, 2006, 1:31 pm
I guess that's the difference between a normal, loving father and someone who can't control his anger. I realize that we all have anxiety. I have my own little fits when I'm in a lot of pain. But I also can't imagine taking a child and banging her head into a wall. They showed a simulation on the news, explaining that the chest wall of an infant is much more flexible than ours, since it is still growing. So it takes much more force to break the ribs of a baby than an adult. They said he must have hit her over and over again with such force that it was worse than if she had been in a bad car accident. They also said there were older scars from prior beatings. So why was she returned to the parents???

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