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Squeezing to death April 13, 2007 4:39 AM

In my research on child abuse, I have come across several cases of men who have squeezed an infant or small child so tightly the child died or were left with multiple broken bones.

Please when even you get the chance get out the message that a child cannot be squeezed and that bear hugs and tight embraces are wrong sometimes downright deadly.

In all cases the men wereupset about something the child was doing, crying, touching the remote control or some other thing kids do which caused some irritation to the man.  However, I do not think the men did it to do permanat harm but to stop the so called irritating behavior.  That doesn't matter, what matters is a child was severely hurt.

I think the men's actions was out of ignorance more than malice.  The men are all being punished by law and rightfully so but with education, I do believe some of the tragedies would have been avoided.

Please help get the message out.  We all know about shaken baby being harmful well know everyone needs to know squeezing is inappropriate.  please don't think it is obvious, nothing is obvious to all.  Children even teens have been killed while being restained by approved restraining methods taught to people in group and foster home.  Tightly holding restricts breathing and for infants causes broken bones and death.

Particularly now in April Child Abuse Prevention months lets get the word out whenever possible.

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