Jerry Carrier has been charged with a tragically common crime, but the trigger reasons are quite unusual.
According to the Newport Police Department in New Hampshire, he has been charged with turning on his infant son and attacking the little boy over a video game.
Sgt. Buddy Rowe of the NPD told the press that Carrier was angered because he couldn’t get past the level of one of his games and grew “frustrated.”
While most parents wouldn’t transfer their anger onto a child that wasn’t even old enough to crawl — twice, no less — police said that Jerry Carrier decided to shake his baby to the point of trauma.
He now faces two counts of first-degree assault.
The following is from the police report via the Washington Post.
“The infant was described as being limp, unresponsive, blue and eyes rolled back in its head and not breathing… The mother of the child went to the residence where Carrier was with the child and brought them both to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where it was determined that the injuries sustained were from non-accidental trauma.”
Police also said in a separate report from the New York Daily News that the child was “unresponsive” from the shaking and that he was still in the care of police, and that the suspect confessed to the crime.
The incidents allegedly occurred on Jan. 5 and Jan. 19. Jerry Carrier was brought into custody on Feb. 6 for an unrelated parole violation.
Unfortunately, the Inquisitr reports on far too many child abuse cases each year. One of the most recent involved a 21-year-old Ohio man receiving a three-year-sentence for the shaking, biting, and hitting of his ex-girlfriend’s 8-month-old baby girl in a 2013 incident which left the baby in the intensive care unit for three weeks.
Dakota Doss, of Amelia, was 19-years-old when he babysat his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. He claimed she choked on her formula and lost consciousness, so Doss called 911 to get medical help for the infant.
Prosecutors soon found out Doss was trying to cover up his abuse of the child.
“The defendant gave several conflicting statements to law enforcement which included admissions to biting her inner thigh, hitting her backside, and shaking the child,” according to Scott C. O’Reilly, Clermont County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
In cases like this and that of Jerry Carrier, do you think that courts should adopt harsher punishments? What do you think should happen to someone who injures their child over a video game? Sound off in the comments section.