Parents Try to Blame Toddler for Baby's Death

Julie Ryan Evans

Benjamin SensemanThere are few things more horrifying than parents who kill their children, but parents who kill their baby, then try to blame it on their toddler certainly qualify.

Last week in Kentucky, Benjamin Senseman was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Chloe, who died from a "severe blow to the head." She was also injured three other times during her short 62-day life -- an autopsy showed she had six broken ribs, a broken arm, and two broken legs.

During the trial Senseman said if he injured the girl, it was by accident and that it could have been his 2-year-old son, Cole, that killed her. Friends and family were called upon to talk about how rough and aggressive the boy was.

How dare they?

To think that in order to save themselves these parents (the mother was charged too, but acquitted) would offer up their son is one of the most selfish things imaginable. There should be extra charges added for that alone.

It's not that a 2-year-old couldn't injure an infant. I know plenty of strong, strapping 2-year-olds that are powerful, and infants are fairly fragile, but three separate medical professionals testified during the trial that the toddler couldn't have delivered the fatal blow.

Even if he could have, it's still the parents' fault. If they knew -- as all these people who testified supposedly did -- how rough he was, then it would be their job to protect the baby. To not be dozing on the couch, as the father said he was when the toddler may have injured the baby. Also, if the boy was so violent, where did he learn such behavior?

Add to that the fact the father told a detective he “forcibly pushed” the baby's head into a playpen a day after her death, and it seems the jury got it right in convicting him. His sentence, however, seems paltry in light of the crime -- 15 years in prison, with the possibility of parole in just three.

There is no way to make up for the guilt they've placed on that little boy that will haunt him for the rest of his life along with the loss of his sister. Surely, someday he'll know what was said about him, and likely wonder if he could have done it ... or if his parents were just offering him up to save their own asses.

Laura Senseman, the mother, was originally charged in the baby's death as well, even though she was at work during the time of Chloe's death. Prosecutors argued she should have known about the abuse. Whether she did or not , the fact that she stood by her husband and let her 2-year-old be accused makes me scared for this little boy's future who is now being cared for by her.

Even if a toddler does injure or kill a baby, do you think the parents should be held responsible?

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