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Mother of 3 arrested after newborn found in the backyard

Pearl River woman faces charges after newborn baby found abandoned

Woman loses kids to state after charges of abandoning newborn 

On January 16th at approximately 7 am a 13-year-old boy called 911 to report he and his 15-year-old sister had found a crying newborn in their backyard.  The newborn was wrapped in a towel and blanket and laying on the ground.  Their father wrapped the baby in more blankets to keep it warm until EMS could arrive.  What these teenagers didn’t know at the time was that newborn they had rescued was their little brother and had been left outside, by their mother Kimberly Lee (35).

When EMS arrived they found the baby boy breathing with the umbilical cord still attached.  The baby was taken Northshore Regional Medical Center then flown to Ochsner Medical Center, where he was last listed stable condition.  Shew…good news!

While questioning the family police learned Lee had been pregnant, but her husband was not aware she had given birth.  He said she had just left for work that morning.  Lee was contacted advised to go to the hospital and was interviewed there.

Lee admitted to police she had given birth that morning and put the baby outside her home.  She said she hid the pregnancy from her family by wearing over sized clothing.  I am a little confused about this; her husband knew she was pregnant according to him.  Did she hide the pregnancy from their three children and other family or did she not know her husband knew?

Anyhow, Lee was arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion.  The investigation is on going to determine if anyone else will be criminally charged.

The Lee’s three children ranging in age from 8-years-old to 15-years-old have been placed in state custody.

I am at a total loss here. How can a woman who has three children already, give birth and toss the baby out into the backyard.  I guess I should be grateful my mind can’t register how a person is capable of this sort of thing, but I would love to understand.

Thanks to bprbear for the tip.

Another frustrated father, another abused baby

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Father accused of abusing 3-month-old son

Here we go again, we have the typical crying baby/ frustrated parent scenario and we all know that never ends well.  It didn’t in this case either.

The face you see above  devoid of any emotion is Tyler Jonathan Eastgate (22) and he is accused… yes, you guessed it of losing his temper with his 3-month-old son’s crying and deciding the best way to handle it was some good ole’ child abuse. I can’t personally say I have tried this approach, but so many have here and it has yet to prove effect, but I guess they figure it will eventually work for one of the nimrods.

On Monday, August 15th Eastgate was at home with his son, when for reasons unknown to him (or so he claimed) his son began to have trouble breathing, seizing and losing consciousness.  He took his son to the hospital, where those pesky doctors called bullshit on the “I have no idea how he got in this condition” excuse and notified police of a case of possible child abuse.

The baby had bleeding on the brain, bruises to his cheek, chin and chest, scratches and bruises to his neck in a hand pattern.  Doctors believe  the injuries were a result of blunt force trauma, as in being violently thrown down.  The lil’ guy will likely have permanent neurological defects.  Nice job daddy!

While being interrogated, Eastgate admitted that out of frustration from his son’s constant crying, he threw the baby against the wall, causing him to strike his head.  After that technique proved ineffective he struck his son in the face and threw him in his crib causing him to hit his head a second time.  Conveniently enough he also admitted to accidentally dropping his son on his head, on a different occasion.  I always love how they say “I accidentally dropped the baby.”  How is it that a person accidentally drops a baby on their HEAD?  I have children and before them, baby sat and held other babies, I can’t recall one time being unable to control the infant.

Anyhow, daddy has been arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and remains in jail, as no bond has been set.