State legislatures have issued an onslaught of anti-choice and forced birth bills over the last several months. States like Oklahoma and South Carolina passed some of the most severe. Other states are passing insane bills under the guise of being anti-choice, like Kansas’s human-animal hybrids legislation. But when it comes to children who have faced abuse, one father is saying there is no justice thanks to an Oregon court ruling.
Joshua Marbury and his wife came home after a date-night to find their 1-year-old son Jacob screaming and covered in bruises while his babysitter lay asleep on the sofa. The parents went to the police, but nothing was done, according to Oregon Live.
Doctors told Marbury that baby Jacob had bruises that matched hand prints and that the abuse could have even killed the child. Without recourse from the authorities, he took to Facebook with his story, earning over 200,000 shares in just a few days.
“Something needs to be done,” Marbury wrote. “NOBODY can just hit a child and more to just get away with it because the child (can’t) verbally tell you.”
Marbury is referencing a 2012 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling that made it difficult for prosecutors to file charges in child abuse cases because victims can’t speak or testify.
“The first thing I saw was a black eye,” she said. “I thought maybe marker got on his face or something. When he turned over, his whole right side of his face — black and blue.”
The photos also show marks on the little boy’s ear and arms. Despite the photos and the police report, the family found out there would be no prosecution.
Washington County Deputy District Attorney Dustin Staten’s only comment was to email a story titled “Even pets are better protected than young kids under Oregon abuse laws, prosecutors say.”
Prosecutors must prove that the victim suffered a “physical injury” under Oregon law if they intend to convict a person of assault or child mistreatment. Thus, the prosecution has to prove the child experienced “substantial pain.”
South Carolina’s latest anti-choice law alleges that abortions should be illegal because a fetus can feel the pain associated with the abortion.
Marbury’s full comments can be seen below: