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Billy Bob's Ex-Wife Compares Daughter's Child Neglect To Natasha Richardson's Accident!

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Billy Bob Thornton's ex-wife is comparing the death of the 1-year-old her daughter was babysitting to the accident that took the life of Natasha Richardson earlier this year.

Melissa Gatlin doesn't believe her daughter should be charged with child neglect because there was no way she could have known the child was injured.

Thornton's daughter, Amanda Brumfield, witnessed the baby fall from her playpen and hit her head, but she made the unfortunate decision to not call 911 because there were "no signs of distress."

Brumfield reportedly noticed that the young child's tongue was bleeding, but thought nothing of it because she was "happy and playful."

Major mistake!

Amanda took a nap and when she awoke, the child's body was limp. The baby had passed away due to a subdural hematoma.

Gatlin compared the tragic incident to the late Natasha Richardson's skiing accident earlier this year, explaining, "When you have a situation that does not indicate distress… There are no signs of distress, then there is no reason to immediately call police."

Here's the major difference: Richardson refused medical treatment, which a one-year-old doesn't have the capability of doing.

It was Thornton's daughter's responsibility - as the babysitter - for the child's well being!

What do U think??

Do you believe Brumfield should be held responsible?

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111 comments to “Billy Bob's Ex-Wife Compares Daughter's Child Neglect To Natasha Richardson's Accident!”

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  1. 1

    yes, considering the skull was fractured.
    "An autopsy revealed a fractured skull and brain injury, leading the medical examiner to rule the death a homicide."

  2. 2

    This is a terrible tragedy…and accident. As a parent, I know that kids bump and bang themseves a million times before the age of 5, and yes sometimes there are some really good head bangers. When something like this happens, we scoop are little ones up in our arms, cuddle them, kiss the boos boos better and check for any obvious signs of trauma. When a child seems like they're fine, we ensure the tears are all gone, put them down and contine on with the days many chores. This is not neglect. Granted, she probably should not have gone to sleep…but I certainly do not believe she intentionally neglected this child or meant for something as tragic as death to occur. To suggest this is really inflammatory and as uneducated a stance as someone unable to diagnose a subdural hematoma. With this having just happened to the Neeson family, it is fresh in people's minds and we always want to demonize and conduct these massive witch hunts. It's terrible. Unfortunately, the reality of life, is that accidents happen every day…and some of them have terrible, tragic outcomes with no one to blame.

  3. 3


  4. 4

    i think she shouldnt be charged with neglect. babies hit their heads all the time, if she seemed fine, i dont see why you would call 911. that would seem a tad drastic.

  5. 5

    It's a horrible accident, but to be honest…if it happened to my child, I would check them out & if all I saw was a little blood on her tongue…I doubt I would take her to the hospital. Especially if she was acting "normal"….makes you really think twice about it though doesn't it!!

  6. 6

    Sounds very suspicious to me because I have two small children, neither of which could ever climb out of a playpen at that age, they are designed to prevent the child from getting out.
    We had a local child who had a severe brain injury and who's daycare provider lied and said something similar. There is no way even a few feet high (that's how far her fall would be if that happened) would cause a brain injury that would kill her. I feel so bad for the child's family, I couldn't imagine leaving my child in what you feel are trusted hands and for them to not have the instincts to know when something is wrong.

  7. 7

    Seems noone excercises thier common sense anymore,she must have heard about Richardson's mistake.

  8. 8

    I don't really think anyone is to blame in this situation. It was an unfortunate accident. The word accident appears in the dictionary for a reason. That poor girl thought the baby was ok. I'm sure if she thought for one moment there may have been serious injury, she would have sought medical help immediatly. It wasn't her motive to neglect that child or let it die. She made a mistake. Pointing fingers and punishing her for this wouldn't bring that child back. It was a tragedy for everyone involved.

  9. 9

    Hell yes she should be held responsible. She could have prevented that baby from dying.

  10. 10

    if there were no signs of distress, I would not have called 911 either. Kids hit their heads all the time. It was a horrible tragedy but an accident. I feel for the family.

  11. 11

    if Natasha's tragic death taught us anything it is that you MUST see a doctor after any sort of skull-related accident even if you feel okay!!!! You don't know what's going on inside your body. And especially for a tiny child, it's very important. Just in case, that's what everybody says. It won't hurt to get it checked out.

  12. 12

    the child was bleeding from her tongue and thought nothing of it!!!!

  13. 13

    Probably shouldn't be held responsible because kids are always falling and hitting their heads and getting hurt. But you should look to see if the child has dilated pupils after a head injury or if there is no bump which indicates the swelling has gone inward toward the brain. She probably could have kept herself safe by calling the mother or father and letting them decide whether or not to seek medical attention.

  14. 14

    I think it was an honest mistake… sad that her dad is famous and she is getting bashed.

  15. itis says – reply to this


    No. It was an accident, could've happened to anyone. Babies fall down all of the time. Poor girl. Poor baby and family. Sad.

  16. 16

    Amanda should have at the very least, called the child parents to tell them that the child had a mishap.

    Not only was the child negelcted, but the parents were too. If my child fell and hit their head while a sitter was watching, I'd want to be contacted, so i could make a decision.

    Though I'm sure Ms. Amanda feels terrible about the whole thing, this is a clear case of neglect. If it weren't, i doubt that charges would have been pressed.

  17. Kree says – reply to this


    This is a tough one. As a mother of three young boys I have experienced my fair share of bumps. The thing is when my kids bump their heads I make the choice to bring them to the hospital or to stay home. I would expect that my kids seriously bumped their heads my babysitter would at least call me so that I could make the decision for them to stay home or two go to the hospital. That is what I think the point is here. It should not be the babysitter's call it should be the parents. It would have been very easy for her to pick up the phone and just tell the parents that their child had a nasty spill.

  18. 18

    What a fucking idiot! If a baby falls and hits his/her head, you call 911

  19. 19

    I have no idea what went on, so I won't comment on that, but I will say every single child I raised and have known have fallen and hit their heads at some point. Parents don't t usually take the kids to the hospital unless something gives them the impression something is wrong. Obviously if the child lost consciousness or something like that you would take them in but if they won't stop crying (sign of pain), aren't having trouble walking (sign of confusion etc.) or are acting strangely you rush them in, other than that it is just another day.

  20. 20

    Re: deannamar – Honestly, when my daughter was an infant, my son accidentally bopped her in the head with his head, a few minutes later she vomited and I spent the entire night in the ER just to make sure she was OK. Sometimes it's a parents instincts that's needed and for people to finally wake and and realize if you leave your child with someone who isn't "in love" with your child like you are, they may not (I'm not saying never) make the decisions you would. That's all I'm saying.

  21. 21

    Lesser charges, like neglect. I don't/have never babysat because i don't really mess with children so i doubt i would have called 911. At the same time i wouldn't be napping while babysitting. Perhaps she would have noticed distress in the child if she hadn't fallen asleep. I think this was just an unfortunate situation and she needs to be held responsible but not for homicide.

  22. 22

    Either way, she's still guilty of neglect for sleeping while she has a 1 year old in her care. That's just completely irresponsible.

  23. 23

    this is a hard one…. cuz there were many times where siblings as infants, fell off the bed when they were sleeping and they were fine. its hard to judge. you honestly don't go running to the doctors every single time. you can't judge man unless you are in that situation. but its a horrible loss for the couple, its hard but i can't judge. its up to the couple and the judge to make that determination.

  24. 24

    unfortunately, this is a very common death amongst young ones. My friend had a daughter who hit her head was playing fine, fell asleep that night and didn't wake up the next morning. No signs. Not even a bump on the head, but that is worse than having a huge lump on your head. It's a tragedy and this young girl will have guilt her entire life.

  25. 25

    This is so terrible. I am a mom myself and I even don't want to imagine, how the parents must feel. I only know, that my life would be over, no laughing, no fun, no nothing. Those people lost their child!!

    You canot compare the death of a little baby to the death of an actress in her 40s. The little baby was helpless and was nothing but forced to trust in the babysitter to take care!!

    Nevertheless, both are tragedies, but for each family the loss of each relative or friend is unbelievable and will always remain painful and horrible.
    In fact, nothing can bring the person back, no matter how badly you want to turn back time, nothing will help.
    Do not compare this to somebody else's death! It also makes no sense at all and it doesn't make it less horrifying!

  26. 26

    As a former pediatric trauma room nurse, in my opinion it was Melissa Gatlin's responsibility to at least call the parents and inform them of the incident. This reports the injury so it's not seen as neglect. She probably won't get any jail time since it wasn't malicious intent to not seek help, but she will be killed by the press and scrutinized for not seeking at least the parents' input. That doesn't factor in the guilt she has to live with.

  27. 27

    I do agree that kids that age hit their head all the time. My son just turned 1yr old and he's bumped into serveral things, but never has he been successful at climbing out of his playpen! It says she witnessed the baby fall….she should have NEVER let the baby climb on the pen! Also, if a child hit their head - you shouldn't let them fall asleep soon after.

  28. 28

    thats fucking crazy. if the baby fell and hit their head just from falling I think that could happen to anyone. I have a 3, 2, and 1 year old. Jesus, my one year falls all the time shes a boo boo bear. id be devastated. but, if she hurt that little baby and that how it happened. she should getting in lllllllllllllots of trouble.

  29. 29

    Look at that, stupidity and arrogance runs in the family. It's sad that this poor child had to suffer the consequences.

  30. 30

    This is just tragic. i don't know that its is necessarily anyone's fault, but it is horrific!

  31. 31

    I would have done the same thing. Not her fault. If the kid seems fine and stops crying, then how would she know it was severely injured? any one who says that she should have known has obviously never watched a child and so should shut the fuck up.

  32. 32

    Re: kaustin – Yes, kids fall, but fortunately kids are short and generally they don't fall far. This kid didn't just fall, this kid fell a few feet and hit its head.

    I have done a whole lot of babysitting in my short life, I have also called telehealth ontario for advice just as many times.

    Amanda isn't a doctor, and she wasn't really awake and watching the baby to be certain that the child didn't start to show symptoms or cry.

    Either way though, she negelcted that child by falling asleep in the first place. I don't know about you, but I stay awake when I'm at work. When I worked in daycare, I didn't nap during naptime.

    Again, it might have been an accident,and I'm sure she feels terrible about it, but that baby deserves a little justice. I'm not saying that we should throw the girl in prison, but the charges against her are justified.

  33. 33


    Sadly, this happens a lot! The only reason it's being talked about on here by a dimwit like perez is because her father is billy bob thornton (who is ESTRANGED!!!!) this is a terrrrrrible, awful, heartbreaking tragedy but i dont think it's neglect. it sucks all the way around, for everyone.

  34. 34

    Re: deannamar – I agree 100%!

  35. 35

    charging her with neglect is not going to bring their baby back. She checked her after the fall and thought she was ok so decided to not call 911. However, maybe it was not in best interest to fall asleep.

  36. 36

    1.) You NEVER fall asleep when babysitting 2.) You NEVER leave a child unattended, especially a 1 year old that can crawl out of the play pin and fall 3.) If you see BLOOD you call 911. Regardless if there is distress or not!

    In her defense, she's not a licensed child caregiver. I'm assuming that she does not have children of her own to know how to rightly watch a baby. Where were the parents and why did they want her to watch the baby…? And, she used her best judgement. I mean, there's a difference between a girl just baby sitting and thinking that everything is ok (but she's a complete idiot) to a baby killer like Casey Anthony…

    I think that she should def be charged…and have to pay…Don't know if jail is necessary though…She's not a murderer…just stupid!

  37. 37

    Re: deannamar
    Getting a boo boo & falling down the stairs, having a bleeding tongue & autopsy evidence concluding blunt head trauma - are on way opposite sides of the spectrum (especially if you are CHARGED in the death).

    No amount of kisses can bring a dead baby back.

  38. 38

    Re: xtrmemover – that's why I said I think there's more to it, a simple fall like that doesn't cause a head injury. Natasha slipped and fell hard on ice. If a child falls a short distance to the ground and likely the ground is carpeted or even wood floor gives, they wouldn't have a brain injury. The child probably fell down the stairs or something worse. It's so easy to neglect a child, and when they get hurt say, 'oh they just fell off the couch'. I think more will come out of this story and you'll see the babysitter lied. I know it.

  39. 39

    I have three children, and there were many times when my babies fell. You look at the baby to make sure that the baby is ok, and continue to monitor them to make sure that unforseen injuries aren't there. I do not feel that the daughter was to blame for the death of the baby. Do you know how many 911 calls they would have if a mother, father or caretaker were to call every time a baby fell? She did not know…..please Perez, you are not a father and probably have absolutely no experience with children, so it is easy for you to judge and tell someone what they should have done.

  40. 40

    She doesn't sound like a very good babysitter. Yeah babies fall all the time but there's reason it should go unchecked. She should have immediately called the parents to let them know the situation and let them decide! It's not her kid, she had no right to make that kind of judgment call with someone else's kid.

  41. 41

    She should be in jail, a proper babysitter would of called 911 just to be sure. The baby's tongue was bleeding! I'm just wondering if Amanda took some blood from the tongue of the dead baby, to put it in a vile around her neck. Wouldn't surprise me.

  42. 42

    You should post a picture of Amanda, she looks like a crystal meth addict.

  43. 43

    Absolutely. When you are taking care of someone else's kid, you are extra vigilant and overly cautious. Period.

  44. 44

    This sounds like a tragic accident, kids fall down all the time… nobody takes their kid in for a CAT Scan/MRI every time they hit their head… that would be ridiculous.

  45. 45

    She took a nap while she was babysitting?! WTH!!! I'm sorry, but she was neglectful. Yes, these things do happen but a bad bump on the head usually deserves an ER visit. Better to be safe than sorry.

  46. 46

    A thorough investigation is needed absolutely.
    Not for us to judge but for the proper authorities.

  47. $onia says – reply to this


    You don't call 911, but you call the pediatrician. The pediatrician will then tell you to look for certain signs of head injury, and to watch the child closely. They will also tell you to keep the child awake for a time after the injury occurred — at least this is what my pediatrician told me after my daughter fell down the stairs. I think if you are going to hire a babysitter to watch your infant child, you should make sure that the person has gone through a childcare training course (these are offered in your local community ed programs.) What to do after a child falls is covered in these courses, along with infant and child CPR. That said, I don't think placing the blame on the babysitter in this case is going to benefit anyone. I cannot even imagine how tragic losing a child would be, and I hope I never find out. I do think that more parents need to really make sure they are hiring a trained caregiver, and make sure they inform the caregiver that they are to be notified right away following a hit on the head or a hard fall. It sounds like neither of these two things were done in this case.

  48. 48

    I think her dad should… with gravy on his mashed potatoes! Canadians will understand…CANADA HATES BILLY BOB.

  49. 49

    OK I've done some reading on this and the story she is telling doesn't add up at all. There are many discrepancies!
    She is lying :(

  50. 50

    Re: MindControl – When a baby has teeth in their mouth and they fall, sometimes that are going to hit their tongue, which makes them bleed. Again, do you know how many call 911 would have if everyone calls everytime a baby falls or if the baby cut themselves? That is ridiculous. My aunt and grandma were that way. Everytime one of my nephews bumped their head or fell, they would start screaming like if the kid was shot in the head. The baby see all of them overreacting, which caused the baby to freak out and cry. As far as the hemhorraging, a paralegal that I work with had an anurism at the movie theatre, stuff like that you cannot tell.

  51. 51

    If I called the ambulance everytime my kid bumped her head….well I'd be bankrupt. Sorry Perez kids bump their heads all the time, you can't send them to the hospital every time and even if you did its pretty unlikely the doctors would do a catscan if you described that incident the way you wrote it. Tragic things happen but people can't live their lives like their kid is going to be the one in a million, they'd be in a bubble and every parent would be crazy.

    However children's heads are more resilient than adults so it might have been quite the bump….. the babysitter could be lying.

  52. 52

    Children fall and bump themselves all the time. If there weren't any signs of injury, then this was a simple, and tragic, accident. Of course, we all know how much the public likes to demonize female caretakers, so I expect this story will get out of hand.

  53. 53

    Re: Bö!!!SEMICOLON!!!rte Petrarchia

    I'd like to see you send your kid to the hospital everytime they bump their heads, I'd bet my house you won't….you obviously have no idea how often it happens at that age.

  54. USFit says – reply to this


    This whole story is a bizarre travesty. Isn't it always better to be safe than sorry when a baby falls? Just sayin.

  55. 55

    Re: Poindexter-X

    Right…. do you have any idea how often toddlers fall down and bump their heads????? We don't have 1% of the ERS and doctors needed to investigate every bang on the head. Parents wouldn't be able to hold a job because they'd be missing a day of work in the ER every week and people would be broke from medical bills. People who don't have kids should shut their mouths about this because they don't have a clue what they are talking about.

    The mistake the girl made was not calling the parents, its unlikely the parents would have done any different but she should have let be the ones to make that decision.

  56. 56

    Um Yes it's her fault she was suposed to watch the child she should have called 911 or taken her to the hospital. Any time your are with a child that is not your own it is always better safe than sorry.

  57. 57

    The story is fishy. The chances of a fall from that height being fatal to a child is slim to none. (I'm sure someone will fight on this so let me clarify that I recently completed a class in my Maters degree regarding Investigations of Child Abuse) Something else is wrong in this situation.

  58. 58

    The only ones that are responsible for what happens to a child are the parents. At all times, everywhere. If you choose to leave your child with a young girl, be aware that serious accidents can happen and a simple nanny won´t take your place as parent. They´re young, have no experience. Parents, this happened because you were not with your kid and you could not provide help in time. It´s impossible to care for children at all times, so this is tragic, but the parents can´t be blamed either. Americans, learn how to deal with death in a better way. Blaming the nanny won´t bring anything good after this horrible accident.

  59. 59

    This girl must be a moron. My thirteen year old would know better than this. WTF is she taking a nap while babysitting anyway? Stupid bitch doesn't know at the very least you should watch someone who has bumped their head? Shame on the parents with entrusting this dumbass with their child.

  60. 60

    who cares?

  61. 61

    Re: NutMeg88 – WTF? This has nothing to do with demonizing female caregivers. Yes children fall often at that age, they bump their heads frequently. Fortunately though, kids aren't very tall and don't have far to fall. This child fell a few feet though, out of a play-pen. I think that merits some medical attention.

    If Amanda stayed awake and vigilant (as one should be when getting paid to perform a service) she MIGHT have seen some sign of injury.

    The parents of the child are justifiably upset, and this girl deserves some form of reprimand for her actions.
    It isn't likely she'll get jailtime, she'll probably get probation and be forced to take part in some kind of educational course on caring for children, which can actually be a useful experience for her.
    To say that we are demonizing her is rediculous. No one is calling her evil, shes a dumb kid who made a dumb mistake, everyone acknowledges

  62. 62

    No, accidents happen. It's life. Someone does not have to pay everytime accidents occur.

  63. 63

    everyone acknowledges that she made a mistake, no one is calling her evil for it.

    That doesn't mean she shouldn't pay for her mistake.

    If i were the parent of this child, I'd be angry that she didn't stay awake to watch my child. I'd be angry that she didn't at least call me to tell me my child just fell a few feet and hit its head pretty hard. And I'd be sorely pissed that people like you don't understand my anger.

  64. 64

    Yes, she should be held accountable. It was a tragic accident, but the woman was left in charge of the child. She witnessed the baby hit her fragile head hard enough to make her tongue bleed. If you're in charge of someone else's child, the responsible thing to do is to play it safe, not take a nap right after the child has experienced head trauma!!

  65. 65

    The baby takes the nap…not the fucking babysitter!!! Lock her up!

  66. 66

    Re: PurpleDocs – Exactly. You don't get paid to take naps and leave a toddler alone, anyone with experience with toddlers would know that. They bounce around, one minute they're next to you, the next they're not. She should pay for the consequences. A mother lost her child because of her.

  67. 67

    I doubt a kid would fall out of the playpen and not cry and just be happy….if the child hit her head hard enough to kill her, then she was probably screaming bloody murder at the time.
    My guess is the sitter put in ear plugs and figured the kid had a bump and would be fine….lazy, worthless, self-centered piece of shit woman to do that to a child and then lie and try to cheat the system just so she won't get into trouble….but then again, look at the one who raised her….not exactly a role-model human being.

  68. 68

    The child's tongue was bleeding????????? isn't that sign of enough that something IS WRONG after a one year old baby hits his head??? I feel sorry for her, but she's an idiot, usually I wouldn't call 911 if the baby hits his head and appears fine either (now I will though) but if the damn baby is BLEEDING from the mouth after falling then you bet I'll do. This is just tragic and sad all around.

  69. 69

    WOW, how old is his daughter. Seriously people leave their children in the care of 14-15-16 year old kids and expect them to make adult decisions. Is it negligent YES but not sure it is criminally negligent. But parents should think twice before letting kids watch kids !!

  70. 70

    Head injuries are tricky. Yeah, it's better to err on the side of safety and get checked out. But like she said, she thought the baby was fine. It's not like she was trying to kill her own daughter. She should not be charged. Losing her child is painful enough.

  71. 71

    Re: LaDivina – She is NOT a young girl! She is a 29 year old woman! We are not talking about a 13 year old here….

  72. 72

    Perez when you steal from t m z make sure you steal everything. She fell asleep WITH the child, not she fell asleep and the child was left unattended. Granted it's her duty to watch over the baby and not sleep; she should not be charged for this unfortunate accident. I have 2 children of my own and my 3 year old has fallen countless times, if I took her to the hospital everytime she fell, I would never leave the ER. As a parent your instinct is what gets you by not to mention inspecting the child to make sure there is nothing wrong. Perez you are not a parent, do not pretend to be one.

  73. 73

    I have five younger siblings and five younger cousins that I watched grow up - kids bump their heads ALL THE TIME. Most people are too embarrassed to call the emergency services because we're always told not to waste their time with pointless calls. The poor girl probably feels absolutely dreadful about it - it was a horrible accident and nothing more.

  74. 74

    Re: deannamar – Um, you do realize the little girl's skull was FRACTURED….that's not just a boo boo.
    And what kind of moron doesn't know that a head injury can cause a concussion and that at the VERY least this woman should have made sure the girl didn't go to sleep…
    And no, it is not ever EVER ok to put your selfishness above the welfare of a child….especially when other people have entrusted that child's welfare to you, and you just witnessed her fall fairly hard.
    Yes, "boo boos" happen; they happen a lot at that age, but this wasn't a "boo boo"…kids that age scream and cry when they bump into a table or trip and skin their knee….do you think for a second that this child fell that hard and was happy about it? This woman knew something was wrong…and more than just normal "boo boo" wrong…
    There is no way in hell that little girl was happy about the fall…kids that age can't tell adults where or how much they hurt…and they can't yell at them and tell them to stop being selfish bitch and get them some help…that's why they scream and cry! This woman is pathetic and probably kept her mouth shut so she wouldn't get in trouble with the parents…I hope they throw the book at her.

  75. 75

    All children have fallen at least once in their life, and what would be the difference if the child had fallen in the care of its own mother, would she have done differently? I feel bad for the babysitter, her life will forever be changed now.

  76. 76

    I can't believe this woman has the nerve to make comparisons between these two tragic deaths. I agree with Perez on this one though. Richardson being a grown woman and capable of making her on decisions, while this baby, only learning to talk and walk. I find it hard to believe that she wouldn't phone 911 after witnessing this child fall out of his/her crib. Maybe they're other extenuating circumstances why she didn't call? I mean, this is Billy Bob Thorton's daughter we're talking about. Remeber a month or two ago, when Daddy had that god awful interview. I'm sure the apple didn't fall far from that tree!!!

  77. 77

    Re: redsonja1313 – She's 29….clearly she should know better.

  78. 78

    Yes, kids knock themselves around endlessly. But most everyone who has children or is in charge of children know that when there is a head injury, you are supposed to make sure they dont go to sleep, and to look for vomitting and any other unusual signs, for at least an hour. You dont go to sleep because you can miss something! Especially if that isnt your child, you should be extra cautious. Also, if she saw the fall, she had to make an assessment of how hard that child hit the ground, or what ever kind of surface she hit. Carpet? Probably not as serious, linolium, wood? A little more serious. Common sense appliles.
    I think there is more to this story. And yes, she is definetly responsible, she could have called the pediatrician for advice just to make sure, especially if she saw blood.

  79. 79

    Hell at the very least if she saw blood ANYWHERE she should have been concerned enough to take the child to the hospital. That's neglect if nothing else. But really if a child hits their head that is always a reason to take them to the hospital. sure there might be a million to one chance that's it's nothing, would you want to be the ONE where it was SOMETHING? She should have known better. Of course the only witness to the 'accident' if that was really what is was, is the person who likely caused the injury.

  80. 80

    Re: TooAnnoyedTooCare – YOU decided not to take YOUR kids the the ER when they hit their head. Point taken.

    Thing is, it wasn't her kid. Thing is, she didn't give the parents the option to make the decision as to whether or not the child should go to the ER.

    How would you feel if you left your kid with someone, and while you were out your kid fell out of the playpen (at least three feet off the ground), slammed it's head, and you were deprived of having the option? How would you feel if you came home to a dead baby, and a babysitter who just woke up from a nap?

  81. 81

    please tell me how a baby 'falls out' of a playpen? at a year old, she did not climb out of it and even if she did (she didn't), a fall from 3 feet would not have caused these injuries.
    i think she'll be charged with a lot more than neglect when all the facts are in.

  82. 82

    Re: icedmaple – That doesn't make sense. I have never heard of someone being told not to call EMS, or been chastised for wasting a paramedics time, especially not for a head injury.

  83. 83

    Accidents happen. If it's a true accident, this poor woman has to live with it for the rest of her life. If not, then she should be punished. People are always looking for someone to put the blame on and collect some $$$.

  84. 84

    No she should NOT be charged!!!! WTF?? This poor girl most definitely already feels completely HORRIBLE and will prob have issues for the rest of her life for feeling responsible for her death. It was an ACCIDENT!!! Babies bump their heads all the time and if the baby seemed ok, there's usually no reason to go and call an ambulance. What a horrible sitution!! I couldn't imagine! Poor girl!! :(

  85. 85

    No, she should not be charged with neglect because baby fall out of beds and couches and play pens all the time and people don't call 911. Let's be serious, here. Yes, it was unfortunate, but she should not be charged with neglect.

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    Natasha Richardson died of an epidural hematoma which typically involves a lucid interval (the individual is knocked unconscious at the time of injury, then quickly regains consciousness and appears fine for a few hours, and then losses consciousness again and rapidly deteriorates). This infant died of a subdural hematoma, which typically does not cause a lucid interval. A subdural hematoma in an infant is usually caused by child abuse.

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    yesterday my 9 yr old cousin fell on her arm, she cried granma kissed it better and of she went to play.
    this morning she complained that it hurt, it was a bit swollent to be safe they took her to the hospital.
    turns out she broke her arm in 2 places.
    were we neglectful in not taking her to the emergency room right away?
    children fall when playing its normal, it would drive doctors mad if parents took them to emergency everytime one fell…

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    it sounds like it was a judgment call, honestly. i don't know about the whole napping thing, but she could have thought the baby bit her tongue. prior to natasha richardson's death, i think alot of people overlooked these types of accidents.

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    I think what everyone is missing is that this stupid cow WENT TO SLEEP. I know most of you are saying that they would pick their kid up, kiss it better and think nothing more of it - and I understand, I have an accident prone three year old. But this was a one year old, a baby, who fell from height and hit her hear with force - as Anonkah points out - enough to fracture her skull… the this dizzy bitch GOES TO SLEEP of all things. I would, at the very least, be keeping a close eye on my girl if she hit her head, even if she seemed fine. We all know, adults at least, about head trauma… concussion etc. We all knew before Richardson. It's important that we aren't so careless about it, as Richardson's death taught us, and if nothing else this useless woman should be made an example of.

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    If that is in fact what actually happened, then no, i do not think that she should be charged. If she did something intentionally to the child to cause this, then yes. As for kids banging their heads, i once considered a helmet when my son was 2. Accidents are unfortunate but they happen all the time.

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    nope i don't think i would hold Brumfield responsible if this is really how things went down. she checked on the kids (kids bump their heads all the time) . it is a tragedy, but it seems like it was an accident.

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    It's easy to point fingers when you have the gift of looking back in hindsight

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    can i just say this mans skin and hair drive me crazy. so fake.

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    Even a doctor will tell you that unless they are acting unusual or excessively sleepy, there is no need to take them to a doctor/hospital.

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    A baby died from blunt head trauma under AB's care. She should be charged. This should be investigated. Maybe the charges will be dropped, maybe not.

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    I am a Social Worker, and in my experience, a situation like this is VERY sketchy. The child was barely 1 years old, and it doesn't make sense that she was able to fall and hit her head that hard. AND, with the autopsy results out stating that there was blunt trauma makes this more suspicious. A child would not have hit their head hard enough to show those kinds of results on an autopsy. What happened was probably that the child was crying or upset and wouldn't stop, and this woman got angry and shook the baby very hard. THAT, unfortunately, is consistent with the autopsy results. I've seen situations like this before, unfortunately.

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    OMG there are so many ignorant people in the world! I would not want 90% of the people on here near my kids. A baby falling a few feet would not cause BLEEDING AND BRUISING ON THE BRAIN! You all need to do some research, so you can see how hard a child would have to hit their head to cause THAT kind of damage to the brain! All signs point to Shaken Baby Syndrome. That woman needs to be locked up for life! If you don't have any kind of patience, then you shouldn't even be near kids.

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    Re: kimaj85 – THANK YOU! Someone with some sense! Everyone is coming at this from the wrong angle. The point is that the baby did not fall, because as everyone keeps saying, babies fall and bump their heads all the time and it doesn't lead to anything. My guess is also that the baby did "fall asleep", but that the baby went unconscious by this time.

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