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1. Father who placed a blanket in baby son’s mouth to stop him crying denied bail to attend son’s funeral.
Seven-month-old Shisui Grady O’Meara died of unknown causes. via Facebook.
Police allege a 20-year-old Perth father placed a blanket in the mouth of his crying seven-month-old son to “settle” him for 20 minutes after he had broken the baby’s arm.
The baby, died shortly after had he suffered a broken forearm and fractured wrist and elbow, but a cause of death had not been established.
His parents reported he was “cold to touch” when they went to wake him several hours later.
His father, Dylan Clinton O’Meara, 20, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm to baby Shisui Grady O’Meara, but police expect to upgrade the charge to manslaughter or murder when a post mortem is complete reports 7 News.
Yesterday O’Meara applied for bail so he could attend his son’s funeral.
Police allege Mr O’Meara forcefully pulled his son by the forearm from his cot on April 8 as he tried to feed him.
Sergeant Chadd Graham told the court "in an attempt to settle the crying" Mr O’Meara placed a blanket in his son's mouth for him to bite on for around 20 minutes later while he listened to loud music on his iPod and fell asleep.
The court heard Mr O’Meara had experienced some psychotic episodes and needed treatment.
Magistrate Martin Flynn refused bail and placed Mr O'Meara on a hospital order.
2. Smacking study shows long-term damage from spanking a child.
A 50-year study has shown that children who are spanked are more likely to defy their parents, behave anti-socially, and experience increased aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties.
The study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology study, looked at five decades of research involving over 160,000 children.
“We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents’ intended outcomes when they discipline their children,” said Elizabeth Gershoff, associate professor of human development and family sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.
Co-author Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, said: "The upshot of the study is that spanking increases the likelihood of a wide variety of undesired outcomes for children. Spanking thus does the opposite of what parents usually want it to do."
Gershoff said: “We as a society think of spanking and physical abuse as distinct behaviours,” she says. “Yet our research shows that spanking is linked with the same negative child outcomes as abuse, just to a slightly lesser degree.”
According to a 2014 UNICEF report up to 80 per cent of parents around the world spank their children. A study in 2014 said that 90% of Australian parents said smacking was ok.
3. Baby dies of suspected spider bite.
A two-month-old baby boy has died in Perth from a suspected spider bite.
The baby, Lance Ryder was flown from Geraldton to Perth for treatment after his parents found a spider bite on his hand but he died on Monday night.