Thursday, 20 January 2011

SBS: New York: Susanna Gil and Ana Delarosa

Another babysitter is facing charges for shaking an infant left in her care at her Corona apartment, leaving the baby brain dead and in grave condition, authorities said.
The Queens district attorney’s office has charged Susana Gil, 26, of grabbing her one-month-old nephew, Alexander Delgado by his arms on Dec. 27, 2010 and “shaking him until he stopped crying and appeared to fall asleep”.
Gil, the baby’s paternal aunt, became his primary caregiver on November 1, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a released statement.
Brown’s office claimed that between December 27 and December 31, the baby became lethargic, vomiting repeatedly and his condition “appeared to be deteriorating”
At about 10 a.m. on December 31, the baby had difficulty breathing and became unresponsive, Brown said. Gil called her husband at work to alert him of the baby’s condition, [when] he returned home [they] immediately called 911.
Emergency Medical Technicians who responded to the 103rd Street apartment rushed the baby to Elmhurst Hospital Center “in an unresponsive and life threatening condition”, Brown said. Doctors at Elmhurst immediately arranged for baby Alexander to be transferred to North Shore-LIJ’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center where an examination revealed Alexander had suffered severe brain injuries attributable to Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when a baby is violently and repeatedly shaken, resulting in brain damage that can cause permanent injury or death. Infants suffering from Shaken Baby Syndrome show no external signs of internal injury or trauma.
Brown said, “The fragility of a small child cannot be emphasized enough. There is no excuse for shaking a child.
“Instead of protecting and nurturing this helpless, innocent child, the defendant is accused of tragically assaulting him simply because he was crying.
“Beyond that, the defendant is alleged to have compounded the damage by failing to get medical attention for the child until approximately four days later. This case is, once again, a sad reminder that never, under any circumstances, should an infant be shaken.”

In a different incident, a 26-year-old babysitter, Ana Delarosa, was charged last week with causing the death of three-month-old Addison Reinoso-Xoyatla on December 29 by shaking the baby at her Corona apartment until he stopped crying.
Delarosa initially claimed the infant stopped breathing from a viral infection he was suffering and he died when unplowed streets slowed down response by city EMTs who were stranded in the blizzard.
Delarosa subsequently confessed to investigators that she shook the baby to stop his crying. The infant was declared brain dead at arrival at Elmhurst Hospital Center. His parents last week removed their baby from life support.
Delarosa was charged with second degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Court records show Gil was charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, both women face up to 25 years in prison.

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