My 12-month baby fell off bed (around 18 in high) to the matted ground, when I and my wife several steps away. He cried right away and started vomiting 4 or 5 minutes later, though he was fine without any external injury. During the next 12 hours, he vomited several times during this period. So we went to the hospital and the doctor ordered a CAT scan for his head and found a bruise at the edge of the brain.
The pediatrician said there will be no long-term impact on his brain, but they got the CPS involved and accused us of child abuse and removed our baby from us. Their reason is that they do not believe such a fall will cause this injury. So now we are really in a suffering situation.
Anyone on this forum has ever heard similar cases? I mean falling off from a bed at such height and get a similar injury? Any information is appreciated.
BTW, we suspect his vomiting may quite likely be to his bad digestive system at that time period because he just had diarrhea and fever after his 12-month vaccination, which was just 3 or 4 days before his fall.
We have dedicated all our efforts, mentally and financially to our baby, and just got into this miserable thing. Any information is appreciated.
Child Abuse Accusation After Baby Fell
I understand you are going through a very tough time and I can only offer you a few pieces of advice but I hope they help you!
First, when a baby sustains an injury to the head they vomit a lot. This is just a typical sign of a head injury.
Second, as for a fall not being able to cause that type of injury. I would have to see the injury to be sure of its location and the object that your child hit after falling but bruising to the brain actually is caused by an object hitting someone’s skull OR someone’s skull hitting a hard object which means it is highly probable that one can sustain this bruising to the brain by falling and their head hitting a very hard object/surface.
In my opinion, it is invalid for CPS to say that this type of bruising cannot be caused by a fall because it very likely can be.
The only thing that seems to be in question here is the height she fell from. If she only fell from 1ft then it is not likely it would result in this type of injury but with enough force driving her towards the ground (i.e a roll onto the floor) a fall from about 2ft may very likely have caused it.
I cannot say whether CPS is completely right or wrong if I am not there to asses the full situation, but if you obtain a good lawyer and fight against CPS allegations to regain custody of you child, bring pictures and anything you can to prove this was merely an unfortunate accident.
I wish you the most luck with regaining custody of your child. I hope this helps a little bit and I wish I had more!
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