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Sandy Ridge, NC – On April 22, William Plaster Jr. and Shannon Fortenberry had their 4-month-old son seen in the emergency room at Morehead Memorial Hospital. An examination of the infant revealed three broken ribs, a broken right leg and severe head trauma that resulted in retinal and brain hemorrhaging. An MRI showed signs of healing ribs, a sure sign of previous abuse. The baby boy is currently in a permanent vegetative state with irreversible neurological damage – he is not expected to survive. Though details are a bit sketchy at this point, authorities believe Plaster and Fortenberry plotted to kill the child and have been systematically abusing him since early January. Plaster initially tried to pull the bullshit ‘baby fell off the couch’ excuse, but the child’s numerous injuries were much to severe. “The boy could have been beaten, shaken, or he could have been dropped,” said Maj. Durward Bennett of the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office. I’m thinking it was a repeated combination of all three…and then some. Plaster and Fortenberry both have other kids, but those children didn’t live with them. The couple, both 37, were charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony child abuse. Bail has been set at $10 million each. The infant has been released from the hospital into a foster home.

William Plaster & Shannon Fortenberry Accused Of Plotting The Death Of Their Infant

William Plaster Jr. and Shannon Fortenberry

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  • slavesher

    WHAT THE HELLL??? They “plotted” to kill the innocent baby. For What? For FUN? How could you just pick up your baby and drop it on the floor?

    “”Plaster and Fortenberry both have other kids, but those children didn’t live with them.””
    I wonder if the other children were removed by the state and if so, why they didnt check on this innocent baby.

  • Jury

    Yes, it speaks volumes when both parents don't have custody of their kids. Use a rubber!

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Jaded

    As far as I can tell, neither have had any previous contact with CPS.

  • love my children

    OMG!!! It makes me sick to my stomach to know that a parent could even harm their child most less plot to kill it… I just dont understand this shit… PEOPLE if you dont want your child, give them up for adoption.. they are alot of ppl that cant have children that would love to give your child a chance to live life… ugggggggggghh this kinda shit pisses me off… this is when i say i dont understand life… why should someone that is not going to be a good parent be blessed when a miracle then you have someone that cant have children that would be an amazing parent…

  • Su Do Nim

    I want to know more about the “plotted” thing. Did they have a Gerber baby life insurance policy or something? “Plot” is an unusual word for child abuse.

    I was just thinking – does anyone think that all of these baby abuse stories could somehow be related to the abortion issue? That life is so cheap and babies are not “really” humans, so what difference does it make? I personally am against abortion (for myself and my loved ones), however I think it should be legal (I am not the morality police). I am not trying to start a war here, but it just sort of hit me that there could be a connection.

  • Sugarglider1

    How stupid does someone have to be to not realize that the health care professionals would NOTICE that the baby had previous broken bones?

    Seriously. It would seem these people are monsters of the highest magnitude and also tards of the highest magnitude.

  • The Bosses Secretary

    I totally do not get why you would beat the hell out of your baby and then take it to the hospital. If you plotted to kill it, why inform the authorities? Why not just kill the baby and bury it somewhere? It makes no sense to beat the hell out of the kid and then take it in for x-rays.

    Of course, if you're an imbecile, maybe it makes perfect sense.

  • VeronicaMarie

    “I was just thinking – does anyone think that all of these baby abuse stories could somehow be related to the abortion issue? That life is so cheap and babies are not “really” humans, so what difference does it make?”

    Uh, no. The answer is no. This is one of the most asinine things I've read in a while. Wouldn't these people who want to kill their babies because abortion devalues life, you know, ABORT THE KID IN THE FIRST PLACE? Or are you saying that abortion affects the brains of people without them being aware of it, or some shit?

    BTW, you said you are against abortion for yourself and “loved ones.” Um, do your loved ones get a choice in the matter? Or maybe they are free to do what they want, but if they get an abortion you'll judge them and be up their ass about it? Nice. That's a good one — “I'm against abortion, for myself. Oh, and for my loved ones, too. They can't get abortions, either.”

    Jesus Christ.

  • Miss Doyle

    ' Bail has been set at $10 million each. ” Finally, a Judge with some B*LLS !

  • Jenny

    I am a little confused. It says that the baby is not expected to survive, and than the last line says the baby was released to a foster family…? So he is going home to a foster family to die??
    A baby who is a vegatable needs to be hooked up to life support, correct? Just wanting some clarification…

  • guillotinegirl

    The quicker these two lowlifes are wiped from the gene pool, the better off humanity will be.

  • gratefulchild

    I was thinking the same thing. FINALLY.

  • http://thusquotetheraven.blogspot.com revenge

    my thoughts exactly…but reality is there are people who just enjoy being sadistic or cruel. anyone who would beat a child or “plot to kill it” arent necessarily going to be the sanest of people…and there has to be some level of satisfaction or enjoyment out of beating a defenseless baby.

    it makes me enrage to think it but thats the type of people we have the world…and they very often find each other, procreate, and do shit like this….which is why i wouldn't leave my child with a sitter in ANY situation.

  • Su Do Nim

    Wow. A bit judgmental aren't you? No, I would not be all up the ass of anyone I love, even if they decided to have an abortion. But if they came to me (as has happened several times) and asked for advice, I would try to help them figure out a way to keep the baby. And, if after I tried to convince her, she chose to get an abortion anyway, I would babysit her kids and fix her dinner, as I did for my best friend.

    I really can't understand why your response was so hostile. Regardless, to answer your question as to why would they have had the baby and then PLOTTED to kill it, rather than aborting? Ummmm… because you can't get a baby life insurance policy for an unborn fetus.

    Sorry I hit a nerve. Have a nice day. =)

  • VeronicaMarie

    “Wow. A bit judgmental aren't you?”

    Nope. Just annoyed that you would bring abortion into this, as it's completely irrelevant.

    “Ummmm… because you can't get a baby life insurance policy for an unborn fetus.”

    Ummmm…you really think these people said, hey, let's have this unwanted baby, so we can get a baby life insurance policy on it, and then kill it?” Really? LOL. Okay, then. You are locking yourself into some tortured logic here, which isn't surprising considering the untenability of your out-of-left-field abortion reference, which came off as preachy and condescending as hell. Abortion has nothing to do with this. Nothing.

  • VeronicaMarie

    BTW, I'm not too proud to admit that you DID hit a nerve. I'm very strongly pro-choice and as such, remarks like yours, even by those who say they are pro-choice themselves, tend to drive me nuts. Abortion has nothing to do with what's wrong with the world. I agree that giving a baby up for adoption can be considered the most humane choice, but once you consider how many unwanted kids there are in foster care who will NEVER be adopted, I can't help that think that sometimes, abortion would have been the most humane option with most of the losers we read about on this site. It really is nothing personal.

  • bef

    Um, pro-choice people don't think “babies are not 'really' humans.” Pro-choice people generally think that the definition of human life is BOTH subjective and personal. Myself, I don't think that clusters of cells are human, AND my life is more important than a zygote or a blastocyst. Until a fetus has a neurological system, I don't think it's a full blow human. I feel the same way about brain dead patients. I know that there are folks on this site, especially the moms, that disagree with me, and that's okay. You can disagree with me, but claiming that because my definition of “human life” is different than yours that I don't value the lives of living, breathing babies is bullshit. This case has nothing to do with abortion. It has to do with two fucking monsters that murdered a living, breathing baby.

  • Parrot Toes (kathybird)

    I think it depends. There is another case on here, though I can't remember which one, where the child was living with one of the grandparents. He didn't require being on any machine, so allowing him to get some love and comfort in his final days was best.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    “It’s not in his heart to hurt a child. He loves all kids,” Plaster's wife said Wednesday. “There’s no doubt in my mind he did not do this. I know for a fact, cause I got two kids with him. I’ve been 18 and a half years with him. I’ve been with him since I was 16 years old and there’s no way that he could have done this — not the way that he loved his two kids with me.”

    http://www.wxii12.com/news/23771009/detail.html

  • http://www.thusquotetheraven.blogspot.com revenge

    oh fucking typical.

    yes defend the monster you delusional asshole. because the baby's injuries must have been by someone else.

    denial is just appalling – she is a MOTHER how could she fucking even…yeah well, same story as all the other we see on here. They should not have been allowed to procreate…i know sterilization issues are a slippery slope but fuck that, if i had a magic wand, most of the population would never ever get the chance to brutalize innocent children.

  • Nam

    I had worked with this woman at a middle school, of all places, and she has 3 or 4 other children and a grandchild. She was always pretty strange but this is so horrible. I wonder now what her other children might have been through! The oldest girl is 17 or 18 and has dropped out of school and has an infant child. The other children are younger and were living with their dad but he was placed in a mental hospital awhile back… the children are with grandparents. The youngest girl had alot of health issues, now I wonder if she was abused ! Please pray for these children, they have always had such a hard time and now this !!!

  • really?

    Ok for what ever reason I ran up on Shannons name again and decided to Google to see if anything has come up since this happened……I was very shocked when I read this! I never expected any abuse with the other kids. I only ran in to her a few times a year….she has always been a bit different as was her ex husband. I had no idea until I read the story that she had moved away, divorced remarried or had another child. I agree the ‘plot’ thing strikes something with me…where/how did they come up with plot to kill? Either way Im thankful they are under such a high bond…..its just crazy….I would like to have about 10 min with her and find out what they heck they were thinking.

  • really?

    Ok for what ever reason I ran up on Shannons name again and decided to Google to see if anything has come up since this happened……I was very shocked when I read this! I never expected any abuse with the other kids. I only ran in to her a few times a year….she has always been a bit different as was her ex husband. I had no idea until I read the story that she had moved away, divorced remarried or had another child. I agree the ‘plot’ thing strikes something with me…where/how did they come up with plot to kill? Either way Im thankful they are under such a high bond…..its just crazy….I would like to have about 10 min with her and find out what they heck they were thinking.

  • really?

    Ok for what ever reason I ran up on Shannons name again and decided to Google to see if anything has come up since this happened……I was very shocked when I read this! I never expected any abuse with the other kids. I only ran in to her a few times a year….she has always been a bit different as was her ex husband. I had no idea until I read the story that she had moved away, divorced remarried or had another child. I agree the ‘plot’ thing strikes something with me…where/how did they come up with plot to kill? Either way Im thankful they are under such a high bond…..its just crazy….I would like to have about 10 min with her and find out what they heck they were thinking.

  • Jadams

    I do not know about Plaster, but I know Fortenberry; her kids were not removed by the state (though they should’ve been…). She left the 4 of them and her husband. This is not the first time she has left the kids.

  • Jadams

    I do not know about Plaster, but I know Fortenberry; her kids were not removed by the state (though they should’ve been…). She left the 4 of them and her husband. This is not the first time she has left the kids.

  • Jadams

    I do not know about Plaster, but I know Fortenberry; her kids were not removed by the state (though they should’ve been…). She left the 4 of them and her husband. This is not the first time she has left the kids.

  • Jadams

    I do not know about Plaster, but I know Fortenberry; her kids were not removed by the state (though they should’ve been…). She left the 4 of them and her husband. This is not the first time she has left the kids.

  • Jadams

    Nam, your story is a bit faulty at points… I have lived two houses from these people for almost 20 years so let me set it straight…. The oldest girl did drop out of school, she does not have a child….. The next to oldest has been in jail several times for stealing, Daddy always bails him out. He has dropped out of school. The youngest is a sweet girl who was thought to be autistic but isn’t. The dad was never in a mental hospital; he did have some mental issues but was always at home. He’s just a lazyass and is mentally challenged (OK, actually he’s an idiot). He used to work for the city of Lincolnton but now draws disabilty (and drives a nice new Dodge truck btw). The kids do not live with their grandparents, the grandparents do, however, live right next door. Yes, she was always a “little strange”, in fact, she is downright friggin nuts. She always thought she was better than everyone.

  • Jadams

    Nam, your story is a bit faulty at points… I have lived two houses from these people for almost 20 years so let me set it straight…. The oldest girl did drop out of school, she does not have a child….. The next to oldest has been in jail several times for stealing, Daddy always bails him out. He has dropped out of school. The youngest is a sweet girl who was thought to be autistic but isn’t. The dad was never in a mental hospital; he did have some mental issues but was always at home. He’s just a lazyass and is mentally challenged (OK, actually he’s an idiot). He used to work for the city of Lincolnton but now draws disabilty (and drives a nice new Dodge truck btw). The kids do not live with their grandparents, the grandparents do, however, live right next door. Yes, she was always a “little strange”, in fact, she is downright friggin nuts. She always thought she was better than everyone.

  • Jadams

    Nam, your story is a bit faulty at points… I have lived two houses from these people for almost 20 years so let me set it straight…. The oldest girl did drop out of school, she does not have a child….. The next to oldest has been in jail several times for stealing, Daddy always bails him out. He has dropped out of school. The youngest is a sweet girl who was thought to be autistic but isn’t. The dad was never in a mental hospital; he did have some mental issues but was always at home. He’s just a lazyass and is mentally challenged (OK, actually he’s an idiot). He used to work for the city of Lincolnton but now draws disabilty (and drives a nice new Dodge truck btw). The kids do not live with their grandparents, the grandparents do, however, live right next door. Yes, she was always a “little strange”, in fact, she is downright friggin nuts. She always thought she was better than everyone.

  • Jadams

    Nam, your story is a bit faulty at points… I have lived two houses from these people for almost 20 years so let me set it straight…. The oldest girl did drop out of school, she does not have a child….. The next to oldest has been in jail several times for stealing, Daddy always bails him out. He has dropped out of school. The youngest is a sweet girl who was thought to be autistic but isn’t. The dad was never in a mental hospital; he did have some mental issues but was always at home. He’s just a lazyass and is mentally challenged (OK, actually he’s an idiot). He used to work for the city of Lincolnton but now draws disabilty (and drives a nice new Dodge truck btw). The kids do not live with their grandparents, the grandparents do, however, live right next door. Yes, she was always a “little strange”, in fact, she is downright friggin nuts. She always thought she was better than everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.l.fortenberry Shelby Lee Fortenberry

    Hey. i just want to let u kno i am shannons daughter her oldest i would like to have the opportunity to speak with u. i jut want to saw when i first found out about bootie being with my mother that i thought to myself how he would regret the day ever meeting her and now yrs have passed and h qent through everything he did. i hate to see it. but i tred many times to let someone kbo ho i grew up. but anyway i have a facebook you are more than welcome to msg me anytime.

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