Babysitter accused of abusing 1-year-old arrested after online outrage

By Samantha Luiz
09 June 2016

A babysitter accused of "smacking" a one-year-old boy, leaving him severely bruised, has finally been charged after social media uproar over the case.

A babysitter accused of abusing a one-year-old boy, leaving him severely bruised, has finally been charged after social media uproar over the case.

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A few months ago, Oregon couple Joshua Marbury and Alicia Quinney came home to find their son Jacob on the floor crying while his babysitter and family friend Markell Hilaire was asleep on the couch.

"The first thing I saw was Jacob's black eye," Alicia told KPTV. "And I was like, 'Oh my gosh, what happened?' And he turned over and the whole side of his face was black and blue."

Despite Markell confessing to "smacking" the little boy, the couple was told no charges would be filed against the babysitter.

“After two months of waiting we find out charges are dropped because my one-year-old can’t tell you verbally he was abuses and my son did not show he was in pain or that this person ‘intentionally’ did this," the frustrated father shared on Facebook two weeks ago.

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The viral post garnered more that 408 000 shares, as social media users demanded action from officials. The incident also prompted an online petition on Change.org that asks the Oregon Supreme Court to overturn current state law which requires prosecutors to prove that the victim suffered substantial pain and serious physical injury.

So far, more than 56 300 people have signed the petition.

Now, after weeks of widespread outrage, the babysitter has been charged with criminal mistreatment and assault.

"At this point our case is in the hands of the justice system," Alicia shared on Facebook.

"Thank you all for your support and continued support as this case moves forward. We will keep fighting for Oregon's law to be changed!!"

Sources: nydailynews.com, yahoo.com

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