SHERWOOD, OR – An Oregon mother claims her 1-year-old son’s babysitter abused him, but according to KATU, no charges were filed in the case. So she posted her story on Facebook in hopes that it will lead to justice, and now it’s getting a lot of attention.
Alicia Quinney says she went on a date with her boyfriend in March, and left her 1-year-old son Jacob with a family friend for about two hours.
Quinney says when she came back home, the babysitter was asleep on the couch, and Jacob was crying hysterically.
“The first thing I saw was Jacob’s black eye,” said Quinney. “And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what happened?’ And he turned over and the whole side of his face was black and blue.”
Quinney rushed Jacob to the hospital. He underwent several tests, and Quinney filed a police report.
Police say they do not believe Quinney or her boyfriend is responsible for the bruises, but the babysitter hasn’t been charged.
According to KATU, the Washington County District Attorney’s office says a final decision on whether they will file charges has not been made, but a spokesperson for Sherwood police says an Oregon law would make it difficult to prosecute Jacob’s babysitter.
The law they’re referencing is a 2012 ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals that makes it difficult to prove “substantial pain” in child abuse cases in which the victim is unable to speak.
After waiting to hear back about charges for several months, Jacob’s father Joshua Marbury turned to Facebook to share pictures of his son and an account on the incident. The post has been shared over 285,000 times.
Since the story aired, a Change.org petition was set up asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overturn the 2012 ruling “to ensure Justice for Jacob.” Over 11,000 people have signed the petition at the time this story was written.