Ok, for any of you who have a Myspace page, or an email address, you may have seen the tragic story of London Sherwood. She was a 3-month old baby who died from Shaken Baby Syndrome at the hands of her 21-year-old father. The email, or Myspace bulletin, looked like this:
“Never Shake A Baby!
December 4th, 2007, Jessica Sherwood had to do something no mother should ever have to do.
At 2:29 pm Jessica made a very tough, but the right decision to take her little 3 month old daughter off life support.
In memory of little London Marie, i thought id start a little forward..
Jessica had a message that i want every one to know..
This is what jessica said:
IF NE ONE HAS KIDS MAKE SURE U KEEP THEM WIT U THE WHOLE TIME DNT GIVE THEM TO NE ONE THAT U DNT TRUST….. TRUST ME I THOUGHT I TRUSTED JOSH….. BUT NOW AS OF 12-4-07 AT 2:29AM SHE IS GONE…. MY ONE AND ONLY BABY……. AND HE IS GUNNA PAY FOR EVER EVEN IF HE GETS OUTTA JAIL SCOTT FREE HE WILL BE DEAD NO MATTER WAT……… TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND THAT KNO
LONDON I AM VERY ANGRY AND UPSET I LOST THE LOVE OF MY LIFE MY BABY GIRL…. SHE DIED ON HER 3MONTH BDAY……..
SHE HAD 6 FRACTURED RIBS….. BOTH OF HER LEGS WERE FRACTURED…. AND HER BRAIN WAS SO DAMANAGED THAT IF SHE WERE TO LIVE SHE WOULD BE A VEGETABLE…. SO I DID WAT WAS RIGHT AND BEST FOR HER AND TOOK HER OFF LIFE SUPPORT…
THATS WAT U CALL SHAKEN BABY SYNDROM REMEMBER THAT…
For those of you who dont know what Shaken Baby Syndrome is..read this
Shaking, jerking and jolting can cause blood vessels in the head to tear or burst.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is the shaking of an infant or child by the arms, legs, or shoulders with or without impact of the head. This trauma can result in bleeding and brain injury with no outward signs of abuse.
Often frustrated caregivers feel that shaking a baby or small child is a harmless way to make the child stop crying. However, a baby’s brain and blood vessels are vulnerable to whiplash motions, such as shaking, jerking, jolting, and impact. The neck muscles of an infant or small child are weak, so the child’s head is relatively heavy and the neck cannot support the stress of shaking or impact.
Shaking a very young child, with or without impact of the head, can cause irreversible brain damage, blindness, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, spinal cord injury, seizures, learning disabilities, and even death. It is tragic that healthy, intelligent babies are suffering these disabilities simply because their caregivers don’t know about the dangers associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) occur each year in the United States. Only 1 out of 4 babies dies of Shaken Baby Syndrome. HOWEVER, the other three babies will need ongoing medical attention for the rest of their short lifespans
Rest in Peace London Marie Sherwood
September 4th, 2007-December 4th, 2007
Now, the reason why this particular story stuck out a bit is that it came with photos attached of the the dead infant in the hospital. Some are of the baby on life support, and others are of the mother holding the baby after it was taken off. I have attached them, so if you are easily disturbed, I suggest not going further, but there is more to this story than what you may have read.
London on life support
London and Jessica reunited after Jessica’s alleged 3-week hiatus
London off life support
Now, I did a little searching, as I was not aware of this case because let’s face it, we post kids being killed by their parents almost everyday. But it is not very often that a story comes equipped with a dead baby picture. I checked Snopes first and verified that the story was legit. 21-year-old Justin Alan Schaak of Star Prairie, Wis., was charged with reckless homicide after admitting he became frustrated and shook the baby.
HOWEVER, there was a lot more to the story than what was given in the email and the mother is suffering from a good bit of backlash. The eason being that the crying mother holding London, Jessica Sherwood, had allegedly abandoned the baby at the young man’s house after a paternity test confirmed he was the father. She left London at the young man’s parents house for 3-weeks. Schaak was living with his father and his father’s girlfriend along with her two kids. They informed Schaak that the baby was his responsibility and they would not help him at all. The little girl had not been taken out of her bedroom, where she slept on the same mattress with Schaak, at all during the last week of her life. “Joshua would feed, change, interact with the baby, and then would put it back to sleep, and then leave the bedroom,” Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said.
Schaak’s father and the father’s girlfriend told investigators the young man had not gone anywhere or been with any friends since London was dropped off at the house. They also told investigators that since Schaak was unemployed, he spent all day with the child. The girlfriend’s two sons, 11 and 15, had never held the child the entire time she was in the home. The only time someone other than her father held the child during the last weeks of her life was when Herb Schaak’s girlfriend grabbed the blue-lipped baby away from Joshua Schaak on Sunday and called 911. Herb Schaak said his son didn’t neglect the girl. “He loved that child. I know that for a fact,” he said. “His main focus was taking care of that child.”
I have posted this, not to jump on any type of bandwagon to heap more shit on top of the situation or people involved, but rather to give a little more background information about a story you may have read about from an email or bulletin. Also, I wanted to get this story up so that it can be tracked in regards to Schaak’s sentence as well as if any charges will be filed against the mother for abandonment. What do you think? Obviously, everyone failed this baby. She really didn’t have a chance with her parents being unable to take care of themselves, much less an infant, and neither of them having any type of family support system, especially with Schaak who had adults in the house with him. While Schaak should be charged and sentenced with killing the girl, does anyone else feel others should be taking some responsibility? It’s just a strange story in which the only person who was actively taking care of the baby is the one charged with killing her.
Anyone know this girl? Are the charges that she abandoned the baby true?
Josh’s Myspace page:
You can find Jessica’s easy enough as well, but it is set to private.
http://www.startribune.com/local/12340686.htmlTags: Infanticide, Shaken Baby Syndrome