Toddler Ends Up Paralyzed in Hospital After Getting Spanked by Babysitter (VIDEO)

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paralyzed toddlerA toddler has been in the hospital with a mysterious partial paralysis for two months, and her doctors can't agree on what caused it. Did a spanking cause Miley's paralysis? Or is a virus responsible? The parents and grandmother of two-year-old Miley Ray Sharp insist that their daughter's condition was caused by a caretaker who spaked Miley after she soiled her pants. Two of Miley's doctors agree that it was caused by trauma. But a third doctor thinks the paralysis was caused by a spinal cord virus.

According to Miley's grandmother, bruises along Miley's spine and on her nose, along with video of the girl running around right before her spanking prove that's what caused her condition. And they want to hold that caretaker responsible. I suppose if two doctors are agreeing with that diagnosis it's a possibility -- but that's one intense spanking! I don't even think you could cause a spinal cord injury with just your hand, but who knows? Maybe with the right angle? So that's theory number one.

The other theory, that the paralysis was caused by a virus, sounds way more plausible to me. Viruses can cause all kinds of harm. I don't know how you get that kind of virus in your spinal cord, but I'm sure there's a way. Viruses are sneaky that way.

But if you admit your child's mysterious paralysis was caused by a virus and not someone's cruelty, that can send you into the same formless, abstract land of frustration just about every other parent of a severely ill find themselves in. It makes you feel so powerless. Blame a person or blame... germs? Blaming a person is so much more satisfying. There's a culprit you can see, hold responsible. You can't hold a virus responsible. Your best hope is to attack it and hope it quietly retreats.

All of this is to say, I can see why the parents would be so insistent that their daughter's paralysis was caused by a spanking. But before they attempt to harm what could be an innocent person, I think they should be open to other possibilities. Maybe the most logical explanation is the right one.

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Brain... BrainyMommy

A spanking didn't cause this. Perhaps a beating did, but not a spanking.

nonmember avatar tulip

I agree with BrainyMommy 100%. Despite what others are going to say, there is a huge difference between a spanking and a beating. THIS could never be caused by a spanking.

abra819 abra819

Poor little baby. :(

cmjaz cmjaz

Sounds like a virus. more plausible

Jilli... Jillie0918

I agree 100% @Brainymommy. That was no ordinary whipping, that was a beating. I hope she gets better soon.

BeccaLS BeccaLS

I don't think a spanking caused it.

However, shaken baby syndrome seems plausible.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Why have no arrests been made? Whether it caused paralysis or not it's obvious that this person hit the kid.

JessL... JessLogansMommy

If she had bruises that was not a spanking and the caretaker should be charged with abuse.  I'm sure if they had any evidence at all and the parents think the caretaker is to blame than that person would have been arrested. I'm just confused, if it is viral couldn't they test for it? Wouldn't that clear up a lot of questions. 

boymo... boymom228

When We Found That My Son Had Viral Menegitis His Diagnosis Left More Questions Than Answers. Doctors Could Not Give Me A Direct Answer Whether It Was That Or West Nile Virus, Very Frustrating....Point Is In This Day And Age Even With Medical Advances Some Things Are Still A Mystery To Doctors. A"Spanked" Child Is Not An Abused Child, But There Is A Fine Line. Perhaps The Child Fell, As Young Toddlers Do. Perhaps She Was Beat? Either Way I Think That If Law Enforcement Believed There Was Foul Play And Arrest Would Have Been Made. (Sorry For The Caps, My Phone Sucks Lol)

Helena A. Woolley-Killins

A "spanking" is far different then a BRUTAL BEATING. A Spanking wouldn't cause this kind of injury. 

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