Foster mother, neonatal nurse arrested after infant dies - page 2

This story is so tragic. I feel so sorry for the biological mother of this little baby. COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a foster mother has been arrested after a 9-month-old boy in her... Read More

  1. by   BelleKat
    If the baby had a URI as they often do,there's no way he could breathe with his mouth occluded. How horribly ghastly and ignorant. She needs to rot in jail and they don't think much of baby killers in prison.
  2. by   Batman24
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Checked SC license verification under nursing--- name in article not found ...
    That's very interesting.
  3. by   beanhead_80
    I wonder how long this person had been a nurse. Twenty four years ago my son was in the hospital at 7 days old for gastrointestional problems and he was NPO for 3 days. He too had a pacifer taped into his mouth so that he "wouldn't forget how to suck. As a mom at age 20 I thought the nurse knew what she was doing. Perhaps this was something that was acceptable years ago. Thank goodness we know better now!
  4. by   missyd1991
    What an awful thing to happen to this baby, I hope she never get out!
  5. by   Wife of Spinner
    Quote from HonestRN
    I think I would have preferred the baby stay with the pot smoking mother than this tragedy. A nurse should have known better.
    You might want to rethink this statement after you watch this video. Very scary!:angryfire Six of one, half a dozen of another, I guess. No matter your position on this type of issue, ultimately it is the child that will definitely suffer for the selfishness and stupidity of adults.

    http://www.counton2.com/cbd/news/nat...e_child/24375/
    Last edit by Wife of Spinner on May 8, '09 : Reason: Needed to add more.
  6. by   HonestRN
    Quote from Wife of Spinner
    You might want to rethink this statement after you watch this video. Very scary!:angryfire Six of one, half a dozen of another, I guess. No matter your position on this type of issue, ultimately it is the child that will definitely suffer for the selfishness and stupidity of adults.

    http://www.counton2.com/cbd/news/nat...e_child/24375/
    Thanks for posting that. That is unforgivable but at least the child did not die as a result of a very negligent mother.
  7. by   krltdy
    That video is outrageous! What are people thinking?! Even as a teenager (when I smoked pot), I would've never even had pot around a little one, much less blow it in their little face! Uggggh, the way she yelled at that little angel, and then laughed about it with her friends! Downs kids are sweet, innocent, and very loving.
  8. by   Wife of Spinner
    Quote from HonestRN
    Thanks for posting that. That is unforgivable but at least the child did not die as a result of a very negligent mother.
    I agree. However, negligence is a form of abuse. We only saw a 30 second clip in the life of this precious child. Who knows how long this type of abuse has been going on. The long term effects of abuse will be just as deadly.
  9. by   Jolie
    This entire story sickens me.

    The birth mother lost custody of her child to a protective service that obviously did anything but protect her child.

    I don't buy the story that she lost custody over pot smoking. In 11 years of OB/NICU nursing, including 2 years in SC, I never saw a child removed from its parents' custody over a positive pot drug screen. There must be more to the story. But regardless, this points out very clearly that nothing we do, in healthcare, the legal system or law enforcement is without risk. I'm sure no one imagined that placing this child in the custody of a NICU nurse would result in death, but that's exactly what happened.

    As for nose breathing, taping a pacifier and respiratory arrest, that nurse had to have left the baby unattended for a long time or ignored evidence of distress for the child to die. The notion that infants are "obligate nose breathers" is a bit of a myth. Yes, babies need to nose breathe in order to suck effectively, but if their noses are clogged, they will breathe thru their mouths. This usually just results in poor feeding. In this case, the child's nose was probably stuffed up from excessive (ignored) crying and the pacifier occluded the baby's mouth. It makes me sick to think of just how much tape she must have applied tightly around the baby's face to actually hold a pacifier in place securely enough to suffocate the child.

    So very sad.
  10. by   S.N. Visit
    http://www.midlandsconnect.com/news/...aspx?id=297266

    "Angela Dukes wrapped curtis in a blanket, laid him on his stomach and taped a pacifier to his mouth."

    reported else where that she used surgical tape...
    Last edit by S.N. Visit on May 8, '09
  11. by   pooh54
    As a neonatal nurse and a mother, this story just makes me sick. 22 years of teaching parents not to do this and then a neo nurse does it.
  12. by   momandstudent
    Completely unthinkable-at least in my frazzled mind. Sad that an innocent child has to suffer at the hands of incompetent adults...especially adults who take on the role of mother, foster mother, and nurse (if she was that). I still have wondered why do you need a license to own a dog or cat...but any Tom, Dick, or Harry can have a sweet and innocent child. You have to pass a test to even drive a car. Hmmm...
  13. by   FireStarterRN
    I can't believe they put a child in foster care because the mom is accused of smoking pot! Isn't the foster care system overburdened as it is???

    Frankly, I've know more than a few women who smoked pot while their children were small. It really didn't impair their parenting abilities.

    As to the foster mother... I hope they throw the book at her. What she did was unconscionable. She's a nurse? Unbelievable!

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