Anthony Lemontez King, Jr. is charged with murder, aggravated malicious wounding, child abuse and child cruelty. Two-month-old Khloe Ward is dead.
Baby Khloe died from her injuries, but not before suffering tremendous pain as she was emergently rushed to the hospital. She fought for her life for six days before passing away on April 29, 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. The little ten pound infant had fractured ribs, a severely broken leg and shaken baby syndrome.
The alleged abuser, Anthony Lemontez King, Jr. will face Judge John Alderman of Hanover County, as prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed to let the judge decide the case.
Approximately four million children are abused annually. Less than half of those cases get reported. Approximately two thousand children die from abuse and neglect each year (http://www.childdeathreview.org/causesCAN.htm). There are approximately two deaths per 100,000 children (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/CMP/CMP-conque.htm). Infants make up almost half of these deaths. Most non-accidental head trauma victims are under one year of age, but may be as old as four years of age. Approximately 1,300 children experience near-fatal and fatal head trauma annually.
According to CPS databases, for every one thousand children between the ages of 0 – 1 year-olds, 24 of them are maltreated. And for every one thousand children between the ages of 1 – 3 year-olds, 14 of them are maltreated. According to the CDC, non-CPS studies approximately 4,600 per 100,000 children are maltreated.
It is estimated that one out of seven children experiences some kind of abuse between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age.
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