A 22-year-old man jailed for life for killing his infant daughter has been found dead in his jail cell, according to reports. Liam Deane, who beat his daughter Luna to death, is believed to have been killed by one of his fellow inmates. The details of Deane’s death are limited at this time, but it’s clear that Deane did not die of natural causes.
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Liam Deane. This is 22-year-old Liam Deane. He was supposed to be watching his baby daughter, Luna, so that her mother could take a quick nap.
Crying. Reportedly, Luna wouldn’t stop crying. Deane proceeded to punch and shake the infant, causing extensive bruising to her body.
Catastrophic brain injuries. Luna was taken to the hospital where she later died. The cause of death was listed as catastrophic brain injuries.
Luna. Luna was laid to rest by her loved ones. Deane admitted to killing the baby girl and was sentenced to life in prison.
John Westland. John Westland, 28, is a fellow inmate of Deane’s. He has been charged with Deane’s death.
Few details known. It’s unknown how Westland killed Deane, or how corrections officers were able to determine it was him. Westland’s offense(s) is also unknown.
Child abuse in the UK. “Child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention. We know that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse.An abused child will often experience more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. It often happens over a period of time, rather than being a one-off event. And it can increasingly happen online.We estimate that over half a million children are abused in the UK each year.” Source: NSPCC.
Shaken baby syndrome. “Shaken baby syndrome — also known as abusive head trauma, shaken impact syndrome, inflicted head injury or whiplash shake syndrome — is a serious brain injury resulting from forcefully shaking an infant or toddler.Shaken baby syndrome destroys a child’s brain cells and prevents his or her brain from getting enough oxygen. Shaken baby syndrome is a form of child abuse that can result in permanent brain damage or death.Shaken baby syndrome is preventable. Help is available for parents who are at risk of harming a child. Parents also can educate other caregivers about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome.” Source: The Mayo Clinic.
Infant mortality in the UK. “Fifteen babies are dying every day in the UK from stillbirth, during labour or within four weeks of being born, according to a new report.The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to halve the rate of such deaths by 2030, but the leading stillbirth charity, Sands, says the amount of funding committed is “woefully inadequate” – a charge the government rejects.” Source: The Guardian.
Why infants are dying. “The new report is from MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries Across the UK), which is a collaboration of academics and medical experts. It finds that there are big variations in death rates across the country from 4.1 to 7.1 per 1,000 births. Women from the poorest backgrounds and black and Asian mothers run a higher risk than others that their baby will die in the womb or soon after birth.” Source: The Guardian.
Other causes of death. “In nearly half of all stillbirths (46%), the causes of death are unknown, says the report. The biggest causes of death in the early weeks of life are complications following birth (32%) and congenital anomalies such as heart defects (28%), and very premature birth (13%).The MBRRACE team flagged up the need for research into premature births and also called for every maternity unit to review and record the causes of death in the same way to try to discover why there are such stark variations around the country.” Source: The Guardian.
Insufficient training and resources. “Sands says that a fall in the death rates will not happen without extra money. Maternity units are already struggling, without the staff to give high-risk women the extra scans they need, they say. Midwives are not getting sufficient training and some units do not have the funds for the monitoring equipment they need.” Source: The Guardian.
Who would hurt a baby, and how could they do it? “The Pediatrics report doesn’t speculate about the reason for this 10.9 percent jump in hospitalization for the youngest victims. It focuses instead on the fact that when you measure abuse by hospital records the numbers are higher than when you measure by cases reported by social workers.Still, we can guess some of the reasons. Those social workers are a place to start as their caseloads have increased while staffing has decreased. Economic stress is another known trigger, along with addiction and mental illness. All those have jumped in recent years, as the economy has faltered and resources for health care have declined.10.9 percent. It’s a number buried in a study, but one that translates into 3.3 million reported cases a year. A number that hints at the black mix of rage, desperation and despair I felt, and the fine line between me and danger. A number that measures what any of us could do, if not for buffers so many of us don’t have.” Source: The Huffington Post.
Economic factors. “Physical abuse of children occurs a lot more often in households earning less than $15,000 annually. In fact, the NIS-3 study, referenced above, shows that children in households below the poverty line are sixteen times more likely to suffer harm and injury due to physical child abuse. The stressors associated with low-income households can lead parents to use inappropriate discipline methods that experts consider physically abusive.” Source: healthyplace.com.
Other factors that make a parent more likely to hurt a child. “Negative attitudes and lack of knowledge – negative attitudes toward child behavior (whether good behavior or bad) and lack of knowledge about child development can contribute to physical abuse of children. These parents or caregivers have unrealistic expectations of their child’s development. Marital conflict and ensuing domestic violence – children who witness domestic violence are more likely to experience physical abuse themselves. Even if they do not experience the abuse, they may suffer significant psychological issues due to witnessing the violence. Stress – High levels of stress – from financial concerns, health issues, social isolation, and interpersonal problems – can cause parents to have inappropriately strong responses to their child’s behavior. Dysfunctional parent-child interaction – parents who lack appropriate parental modeling from their own pasts, rarely recognize and reward positive behaviors of their children. Likewise, they mete out inappropriately harsh disciplinary strategies rather than positive parenting strategies (e.g. reasoning, time-outs, encouraging successes).” Source: healthyplace.com.
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