Why, I prayed, did a loving God allow child abuse to devistate the life of a normal baby? What value does his life have?
I feel that God's purpose for Darrell's life is that his story be told for the education of others. A recent study has shown that more than 1,300 infants are brain injured each year by being shaken. Shaking is most often the results of a parent's frustration over excessive crying. By teaching parents skills to deal with the crying, shaking may be prevented.
I recently learned of the term PURPLE crying. Unpredictable crying used to be called COLIC but that term indicated illness. PURPLE crying is a stage of infant development.
P peak of crying begins at two months and continue to three-four months
U unexpected crying for no explainable reason
R infant resists soothing
P pain shows in the face even if there is no pain
L long lasting, crying may continue for several hours
E evening crying, late afternoon
I wrote Darrell's story from medical and children's protective service records. He was shaken as the result of his incessant crying.
I am making a copy of Adopting Darrell free of charge to any one or organization who will use it to educate. Send an email or reply as a comment.
For additonal information see
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome