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Parents Blamed for Severe Abuse on Newborn: 18 Rib Fractures and Brain Hemorrhaging

 A married couple in Florida has been arrested and charged with child neglect resulting in great bodily harm, after their 2-month-old son was found with 18 broken ribs and permanent brain damage. The father, Stephen Michael Palmer, is also facing a charge of aggravated child abuse. This shocking case highlights the devastating effects of child abuse and the urgent need for stronger protection measures.

In the early hours of January 3, 2023, emergency medical personnel responded to a call regarding an unresponsive infant. The baby was found with multiple injuries, including 18 rib fractures, a fractured hand, brain bleed, neurological damage, and a hemorrhaged testicle. Doctors determined that these injuries were consistent with severe physical abuse rather than accidental trauma.

Despite their son's critical condition, the parents claimed ignorance regarding the cause of his injuries. Stephen Palmer, who was the primary caregiver, suggested that the baby's fragile nature may have contributed to the harm inflicted upon him. Tina Palmer, the mother, attributed her son's increased fussiness to congestion caused by drinking less milk.

This distressing case should serve as a wake-up call for society to address the issue of child abuse more seriously. It is essential for authorities to implement stricter protection measures and ensure the safety of vulnerable children. True parental responsibility involves nurturing and safeguarding, not inflicting harm. Let us come together to combat child abuse and create a safer environment for our children.


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