FAIRFIELD — Police have scheduled a shaken baby prevention presentation later this month to teach people about the sometimes deadly consequences of shaking an infant.
The presentation is designed for new or expecting parents, infant care providers, baby sitters or industry professionals. Its purpose is to help people set up a plan to deal safely with inconsolable infants before they are required by circumstances to do so.
It’s organized by the Family Violence Unit within the Fairfield Police Department.
Studies show that on average, 30 in 100,000 children under the age of 1 suffered abusive brain trauma, with approximately 1,300 fatalities every year, according to a press release announcing the event. The presentation, using a RealCare Shaken Baby Simulator, will demonstrate the devastating effects of shaking an infant.
Solano County has experienced those deadly effects.
A Vacaville man was sentenced to eight years in state prison in 2011 after accepting a plea deal in connection with the death of a 4-month-old child in July 2009. An autopsy revealed brain injuries that a doctor said were not accidental and were probably caused by the baby’s head striking a soft surface.
The man admitted to killing the child.
A Suisun City man is awaiting trial in September in connection with the death of his 3-month-old foster child in November 2010. Authorities believe the man violently shook the child and possibly struck the child’s head against an object, causing a severe head injury. He has pleaded not guilty.
The presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in Willow Hall at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St. Doors open at 6 p.m. so guests can visit tables where information from local service providers LIFT3 Support Group, SafeQuest Solano, Child Haven and the Children’s Nurturing Project will be available.
LIFT3 is an acronym for Leading Individuals Forward Through Tough Times.
It’s free and open to the general public as well. Refreshments will be served.
Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP on the Police Department’s Facebook page under the events tab, or call 428-7600. For more information, call Detective Steve Trojanowski Jr. at 428-7552.
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