The death of a six-month-old baby girl is described by police as “very violent.” The Ngaruawahia infant died from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and probably at the hands of another.
The child was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) after suffering what police are calling “non-accidental injuries.” She died at Starship Hospital last Thursday after her life support was turned off.
A New York Criminal Attorney contacted a Senior Detective working the case who said the post mortem report showed that the injuries the child received were gruesome. “I would stress at this stage that the post mortem results are only provisional, but they give us some idea as to what sort of injuries she suffered during what was obviously a very violent death.”
During her short life, the baby girl had been living with her 21-year-old mother, the mother’s 17-year-old brother, and the mother’s 21-year-old fiancé. Police interviewed the two men right after the baby was taken to the hospital.
A New York Criminal Lawyer reports that no arrests had been made, but Police are still investigating her death and waiting on final test and lab results.
The Senior Detective also said that the investigation was, so far, progressing well, but that they unfortunately still needed more information to conclusively figure out how the child died. “An innocent, 6-month-old baby is dead. She has died at the hands of another, and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that someone is held accountable for her death.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 11% of all TBIs are caused by attacks from others.
Even though the human brain can amazingly heal itself by creating new neurological pathways to accomplish lost tasks, some injuries are just too severe for the brain to heal. Such is the case with this child. Immediate care is needed, and when it is prevented, irreversible harm occurs.
TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults 1-year-old to 44-years-old, and it can occur when blunt force trauma is applied to the head or when something aggressively punctures the skull. It can and does occur in Manhattan and Queens.
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