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He ‘couldn’t fight back’: Mom of beaten baby wants abuser registry

On a November morning in 2013, Erica Hammel learned over the phone that her 1-year-old son Wyatt was near death — hospitalized with a skull fracture and brain damage after being violently shaken by a woman trusted to care for him.

Hammel would later learn the woman had twice been convicted of child abuse — a revelation that led the Michigan mother to fight for a state-wide child abuser registry, which, if passed, would be the first of its kind in the nation. Full Article

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  1. BeeH

    That’s great, the more registries the better! It has all the same problems of the SO registry, but the more registries we have the less relevant each one will be.

  2. wonderin

    No need. If you can’t be a full time mom when children are young than don’t have any.
    Problem solved.
    It’s time to hold parents accountable for protecting and nurturing their innocent and vulnerable babies. Not the state.
    It seems a lot more babies are abused and beaten to death by mom’s new live in boyfriend nowadays.

    • Lake County

      Wonderin Says; “If you can’t be a full time mom when children are young than don’t have any.” WTF, Children are born to both a man and woman. Both are equally responsible. Most children today have divorced parents with shared custody. This woman was ordered to allow the father visitation. Even if she had known about this abusers past, she could not have done anything about it without first petitioning the court to limit the father to supervised visitation or ordered to never leave his child alone with this abuser. This was not the mother’s fault. Kinda off topic now, but the previous comment deserved a response.

      And Q, this was not someone the mother hired. This is a father with shared custody who left his child with his girlfriend.

      • wonderin

        You can put whatever spin you want onto my comment but it doesn’t change the fact that women and men can do a lot more to insure the safety and well being of their children than relying on the state do do it for them.
        The first and most obvious would be to avoid pregnancy until after a secure marriage and financial foundation has been established.

    • David Kennerly

      Well, who holds them “accountable” if not the state?

      You’re right that the boyfriends of mothers are often the most dangerous threat to kids or, rather, that when children are beaten or murdered, the boyfriends are disproportionately responsible for those crimes.

      However, mothers are often victimizers too, either alone or in concert with boyfriends and, to a lesser extent, husbands.

      They are roughly on a par with fathers as those parents who kill children. That number is around five hundred per year in the U.S.

      Number of children killed by sex offenders every year? One, two, three maybe?

  3. Q

    An abusers registry? Why didn’t she do a check on her references? Here we go again! Another lazy bum that thinks the state is supposed to exercise common sense for her! These idiots need to learn to use their brains. Had this dummy used a little common sense her son would not have been harmed. It looks to me like her son was harmed because of her decision to hire this babysitter without checking her out.

  4. nvmike

    What’s missed by the whole “If we had known, we would have done a better job parenting” argument is this: the conviction is already a public record. What a registry does is makes an obligation on someone to comply and update whatever information the state demands and to then abide by whatever restrictions that the state adds on after that. Therefore, to keep the record accurate, you can never travel etc, and the more dots end up in neighborhoods, the more insecute/fearful people become…I think Yoda has a quote about what this leads to. But as far as policy goes, there is apparently no end to what this means

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