But these are parents who don’t want to do something horrible, who can be saved from doing something horrible. These are the ones who need to know that it’s OK to leave the child in the safety of his crib, to get away from the crying for 5 minutes to gather thoughts, to call a friend, a family member or a crisis line for support.
In just a moment of anger, a child’s life can be destroyed. But it also takes only a moment to step away from the situation and seek help.
Let’s hope for the best possible outcome for the Elwood baby at Riley Hospital. Let’s also hope that his heartbreaking story will touch a desperate parent somewhere, and cause him to pause long enough to take a deep breath and lay the crying child down gently.
Call for help
Stressed caregivers can call the Childhelp National Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 to get free, confidential help from a counselor.