KUSA - On Friday, two child abuse cases made headlines. The stories have focused on the smallest of victims that were abused or neglected by the people with the closest connections to them.
Experts warn that a split-second decision can turn a moment of anger into actions punishable by years in prison.
Experts from the Kempe Center, an organization that works to prevent child abuse, say when a baby cries look for reasons why.
Some of those reasons include a diaper change, burping or the child may be sick or hungry. If they continue to cry, parents are encouraged to cradle or walk the baby.
If a parent finds him or herself getting angry or enraged when the child doesn't stop crying, they should seek help.
Daine Baird , an instructor of pediatrics at the Kempe Center, says feelings of anger are major warning signs.
"Often poor expectations about development contribute to child abuse, so parents need to know that there is help," Baird said. "They also need to know when they become enraged, that may lead to a disaster. What we see in these cases, very often, is that there is a pattern of anger at the baby when the baby cries."
Baird says parents who find themselves in this position should call the Kempe Center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (303) 864-5200. They can also visit www.fussybabynetworkcolorado.org or call 877-6-CRY-CARE.
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