11-Day-Old Baby Abused in NICU & Dad Gets Arrested

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Matthew StrawnOn a scale from one to scumbag, where would you put a dad who abuses his baby? How about a dad who abused his 11-day-old baby while said baby was still in the NICU? That's what cops in Portsmouth, Virginia say happened recently.

The little boy was in a private room for some bonding with mom and dad when cops allege dad Matthew Wayne Strawn beat the child, resulting in contusions to his back and face. Let me repeat that, a child so small and so delicate that he was still in the neo-natal intensive care unit at a hospital was abused.

Folks, you don't find victims much more fragile than that. And yet, Strawn is already out walking the streets. He was released on a personal recognizance bond after being charged with one count each of felony child abuse and felonious assault for the alleged attack on the baby at the hospital.

What kind of message does that send about victims' rights? About the value put on this child?

The fact is, in this country, it's babies who are most likely to be abused. Most kids are 18 months or younger when they become victims of abuse or neglect. Every year, some 1,500 kids die of abuse or neglect. And of those, nearly 80 percent are 4 years old or younger.

These kids are too young to stick up for themselves. They depend on adults to do it for them.

When those adults abuse the gift of a child's love and trust, it's up to society to do something about it. Starting by taking allegations of abuse seriously ... and not letting an alleged child abuser out to walk the streets as if nothing ever happened.

If you were a judge, would you have let this guy out on his own recognizance?


Image via Portsmouth Sheriff's Office

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CLM3345 CLM3345

No. This man should be shot.

nonmember avatar NoWay

I don't want to live on this planet anymore ... :(

nonmember avatar Jen

Not only should this kid be shot but every parent and every person who wants to be a parent but it not fortunate enough to be one should get 5 min alone with this scum of the earth piece of crap

jaznrich jaznrich

I would think when people in his community find out about this, some justice may be served by the public. Not that I necessarily agree with it, but it will likely happen.

sassy... sassykat122

As hard as this may seem to you people this country has a justice system. It is this lynch mob mentality JEANNE SAGER and CLM that gets innocent people sent to jail when they do nothing wrong. I don't know if this man did it, but JEANNE acting as if he has already been convicted and that every allegation is ALWAYS true is the reason INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY is our justice system. If this man did it then by all means throw the book at him. But saying every allegation should be taken seriously and assuming the charges are already true are different. You JEANNE assume any time an allegation is made it must be true. How about you JEANNE stop spouting off when you might not know the facts.

LostS... LostSoul88

excute the asshole 

purpl... purpleflower514

Seems more likely that he dropped the baby.

Renee... ReneeN1979

He "dropped the baby" on his face AND back? That's some awesome dropping. ^_^



Renee... ReneeN1979

"The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the incident."... GOOD! I hope he's investigated by Gibbs.

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