Metro Police Investigate Serious Cases of Child Abuse

LAS VEGAS -- A 16-month-old baby girl is dead and the person who was supposed to be watching her is now charged with murder. This incident is the latest in a recent string of murders involving young kids being beaten to death.

Investigators said Detrail Young admitted shaking his girlfriend's sister's baby after she started crying earlier this week.

The arrest report details Young demonstrated with a doll what happened. During the police interview, he shook the doll back and forth and asked "what's wrong with you?" in a stern tone.

Young said the baby stopped responding so he dropped her on the bed.

The little girl had stopped breathing and was eventually taken to UMC where she died from severe internal injuries.

"Children are very fragile, there's no excuse at all for ever attacking a child, shaking a child, or striking a child," Metro Police Officer Bill Cassell said.

Last week, police said 26-year-old Jonathan Quisano beat his 3-year-old son to death. Records show Quisano claimed his son had fallen off a couch.

Police said Bransen Locks faces unrelated charges after a young child in his care died last month.

Donna Wilburn is a licensed marriage and family therapist and said in many abuse cases, the people left in charge of kids simply snap for whatever reason with parents having to watch for signs of abuse.

"That stress keeps building and building and once it gets to a certain point, you're not rational, you're not really thinking what's going to happen if I hurt this child," Wilburn said. "Sometimes they just hope that the person they are with cares enough about their child to take care of them they way they would."

Police said if you see child abuse or even suspect abuse is happening, to call authorities immediately.


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