Thursday, September 11, 2008

the dilemma....

So, we have a 4 month old that dies from being shaken, thrown, and punched by the father. It is lying there on life support to preserve the organs while we make a decision. There is a baby lying right next to it that needs a heart to live, and the babys are a match. If we take the heart from the shaken baby, it messes up our case against the father due to the fact that we cannot perform a complete autopsy on the baby. If we don't give the other baby this heart, it will die.

Seemed like a no-brainer to me... but we had to argue about it all morning yesterday. The "give the baby the heart it needs and we will do what we can to prosecute the father" club finally won out. I think that there is enough physical evidence without a complete autopsy to put this guy away for a long time. But, this is a very lenient county so who knows....

4 comments:

Laura said...

Wow----huge decisions, I am glad the BABY won, hopefully the other case for the other baby will also win and justice will prevail. Someimes makes me wish my biggest decisions weren't mac n cheese, or spaghhettio's.

Sal Gal said...

Oh that makes me SO MAD! Why couldn't that stupid dad just give the baby up to the MILLIONS of people who would love to have a baby (me being one of them). He will rot.

PsychDoctor said...

I couldn't believe what he did to that poor baby...and I can't believe he admitted it to the police...

Magic Marker said...

That is a such a heart-breaking decision! I'm glad that the baby got the heart, but I hope that dad gets his justice....