An Oregon couple dared to go on a date night, leaving their one-year-old son in what they thought were the capable hands of their babysitter. 

Instead, when they got home, they heard their child screaming while their babysitter slept on the couch, and the next morning, in the light of day, they saw that their little boy, Jacob, was covered in bruises. 

This Child's Babysitter Abused Him But Won't Be Charged For the Most Upsetting Reason

The sitter admitted to abusing Jacob, but the sitter can’t be prosecuted due to a ruling in Oregon that states the victim has to be able to definitively prove that the mistreatment was intentional, which is difficult to do when the victim is a baby who can’t speak.  

Jacob’s dad, Joshua Marbury, who is understandably irate that justice won’t be served, wrote in a viral Facebook post, “Something needs to be done. NOBODY can just hit a child and more to just get away with it because the child can’t verbally tell you.”

This Child's Babysitter Abused Him But Won't Be Charged For the Most Upsetting Reason

“We had a confession from the abuser saying they did it. Still this person was not arrested because they had to build a case and a jury to find him guilty before they go to jail. (Side note: If I’m not mistaken, if I strike a person in the face and the cops were called I would be put in handcuffs immediately). After two months of waiting we find out that charges are dropped because my one-year-old can’t tell you verbally he was abused and my son did not show he was in pain or that this person ‘intentionally’ did this.”

“A dead body can’t tell you who killed them. Yet a baby isn’t held to the same standard because he can’t talk?” Marbury continued. 

According to the Oregonian, if the abused person is “impaired,” then that could be substantial proof of the crime, but little Jacob’s bruises were apparently not considered damaging enough to press charges. 

Marbury, and Jacob’s mother, Alicia Quinney, are hoping that by sharing their story, the law will ultimately be changed so that no other child will have to suffer from this injustice.  

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Horrifying! Absolutely horrifying! What an absolutely stupid law. Write to your congressman and have press conferences. This is too important for people to know.

  2. I’m sorry that this happened. I am most sorry your baby had to go through this. I will be praying for justice and peace. If you could get a petition of some sorts I would sign it and share it with friends on facebook.

  3. Poor little sweetheart you can see by his face that he thinks he was bad and he still remembers being hurt but doesn’t know why… this is a stupid law that has to change …babies are people too

  4. Poor little sweetheart you can see by his face that he thinks he was bad and he still remembers being hurt but doesn’t know why… this is a stupid law that has to change …babies are people too

  5. I’m so sorry. You certainly didn’t know you couldn’t trust this person.
    This is exactly why I take care of my twin 14 month old grandsons. It’s overwhelming for me but I would rather know they won’t be abused. Is there any kind of petition to have her prosecuted because I’m more than willing along with others to sign. I look at your baby and feel some of the heartbreak your feeling. There should be a Megan’s law for abuser like this.

  6. Isn’t the admission of the so-called babysitter enough to prosecute? Oregon is as stupid as Washington. Poor, poor baby. I would be hard-pressed to not do likewise to the perpetrator.

  7. Tell us her name please! Funny how Dogs have more rights then a baby! I’m sorry this need to be Delt with! This person who ever they are needs to pay for this😡😡😡😡

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