[nfbmi-talk] this is a tragic cause of blindness
Terry D. Eagle
terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 18 01:20:48 UTC 2014
A very sad commentary on the state of social affairs. Perhaps a judicial
answer is "an eye for an eye".
From: nfbmi-talk [mailto:nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of joe
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 9:08 AM
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Subject: [nfbmi-talk] this is a tragic cause of blindness
Shaken baby syndrome and other abuse is one of the causes of blindness among
young in America. Several years ago while I was in the Michigan commission
for the Blind Training Center I came to know a young woman who was blinded
while an infannt because her mother's live in boyfriend got angry when she
cried and threw her like a footbal against a wall detaching her retinas. She
shared it with all because that same fellow who got sixteen years for the
abuse was scheduled to be let out of prision at the time.
And the sad, tragic story of abuse and its consequences continues across
Couple charged in beatings that blinded 2-year-old. A southeast Houston man
is accused of causing so many injuries to his 2-year-old stepdaughter that
was blinded because of the physical abuse, Harris County prosecutors said.
Angel Martinez , 26, is charged with injury to a child. The girl's mother,
Colomo-Gonzalez , also has been charged in the case, accused of doing
nothing to protect her daughter. On Dec. 12, doctors examined Yenitze
when her mother drove her to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena. Her
injuries, including skull fracture and trauma to her brain, were so severe
flown by helicopter to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Extensive injuries UTMB's medical director said the child's extensive
were clearly the result of "non-accidental inflicted blunt force trauma,"
according to the criminal complaint filed against Martinez. The head
were likely the result of blunt force trauma to the back of her skull or
slamming the skull onto a hard surface, hospital officials determined. The
girl was blinded by the attack, authorities said. When questioned by Houston
police detectives, Martinez said he tossed the child into the air but was
unable to catch her at their apartment in the 10000 block of the Gulf
Freeway, according to the complaint. He panicked when Yenitze struck a
as she fell. The injury caused a lump on the back of her head. Martinez
thought he could "push the bump" back into her head, according to the
Doctors told police his decision to press on the child's fractured skull
explains the bone fragments found in her brain. Doctors found evidence of
injuries, indicating the child had been abused in the past. Both held
without bail Martinez admitted repeatedly shaking her in September while her
was at work, causing seizures and vomiting. In October, he grabbed Yenitze
by the arm and swung her during an argument with his wife. Although the
arm was swollen and red, she was not taken to the hospital, according to the
complaint. Martinez is being held without bail at the Harris County Jail .
His stepdaughter's medical condition wasn't known late Wednesday.
Colomo-Gonzalez, the girl's mother, is also in jail without bail, charged
to a child by omission. According to court documents, she lied to hospital
officials about her daughter's incidents, telling law enforcement
she was afraid of getting Martinez into trouble. She also said she didn't
seek medical attention in one incident because she didn't want to "get in
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