Parents Are Furious After No Charges Are Filed Against Abusive Babysitter

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An antiquated law is keeping a couple in Oregon, Joshua Marbury and Alicia Quinney, from pursuing criminal charges against a babysitter who they believe physically abused their 1-year-old son, Jacob.

A court appeal from 2012 ruled that in order to convict an abuser of felony assault or criminal mistreatment, the victim must be able to convey that s/he suffered pain and physical injuries by the accused.

This marginalizes groups of young children who haven’t developed language, persons with autism who don’t have strong speaking skills or adults who are afraid to speak up out of fear that their attacker may retaliate.

The couple went out for a date, but when they returned home, they were horrified to find their son screaming while the babysitter was fast asleep.  The next morning, the mother noticed bruising on her son’s ear, arm and back, and a particular bruise, shaped like a hand, across his face.

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The parents contacted authorities, but after 2 months of waiting, no charges have been filed against the babysitter. According to Oregon law, bruises, welts and shallow cuts are not enough to prosecute an accused person in circumstances when the victim is unable to speak out. Since Jacob’s head wasn’t busted open, he would have to verbalize that his babysitter had attacked him as opposed to letting his injuries speak for him.

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The father vented about his frustrations and posted images of his son’s bruises on Facebook and it was shared over 150,000 times by users.

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The County Deputy District Attorney, Dustin Staten, has gotten wind of the images and is now taking a closer look at the case.

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The family is desperate for action to be taken. Quinney noted the difficulties that her son has had following that evening with the babysitter and her fear of being separated from her child.

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Let’s hope the state of Oregon does more to help this family.

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