SALISBURY, Md. - A recent case of alleged child abuse is shedding light on a hidden problem that has been steadily increasing in the recession.
19-year-old James King is being held on $300,000 bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center. King is facing several charges, including first-degree child abuse after his 2-month-old daughter suffered brain hemorrhages. In early September, the infant was treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and was then transferred to Johns Hopkins. The baby is now in the custody of family members, who now have to give her seizure medication.
King reportedly told officers that money problems and arguments with the baby's mother drove him to shake the child on two separate occasions. The executive director of the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury, Michelle Hughes said the tough economy is behind an significant increase in child abuse cases. Hughes said, "People feel insecure, they are tense, small things set them off that would not have bothered them in the past . . . The child may be the easiest person to take it out on, but the child is the last person to take it out on."