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    FL - Cooper Dubovik, 5 mos, dies of head trauma, Jacksonville, 7 March 2017 *Arrest*

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a 5-month-old boy injured Tuesday died at a hospital, the baby's parents were asking for prayers and the charge against his 65-year-old babysitter was upgraded to murder.
    Barbara Kendrick, who police said admitted to forcibly throwing Cooper Dubovik into a playpen Tuesday afternoon because he had been fussy due to teething and fever, was denied bond Friday at her first appearance on the murder charge.
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/babysit...month-old-baby


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    Sickening...

    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/l...life/421262896

    Interview with neighbor Teresa.

    Teresa calls Barbara a caring grandmother but said Barbara would sometimes lose her temper. During those times, Teresa said Barbara would come get her to help care for Cooper. Teresa wishes Barbara would have done exactly that on Tuesday.
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    Just horrifying.

    I feel so incredibly sad for this family, for these parents. It is so hard to find affordable, safe child care. I am sure they felt they had a good solution with Barbara Kendrick who is said to be a relative. They probably felt like they finally had a solution---and then, this tragedy. I wish there was something we--as a society--could do to help parents get quality, safe child care.

    Before my daughter could speak, we placed her in a woman's home child care that came highly recommended by a friend we trusted. The woman was a former teacher. Her home was tidy. She was well-spoken and seemed kind. But my daughter seemed to not want to go to her place in the mornings, and she seemed especially clingy and stressed when I would pick her up. I decided something wasn't right, and I decided to take her out of this child care. On the day I went to pick her up and tell the lady we wouldn't be coming back, I found the woman gone and her elderly mother rocking a baby in the living room. I found my daughter in a closed bedroom in a playpen. There were about seven other children in the room with her, and two of them came walking out of the closet. I was horrified. My intuition told me something was not right, and here was evidence that lady did not truly offer quality, safe care. After that experience, I found a child care center that was more expensive but that offered trained, kind staff who were always in the room with the children.

    I do not use this example to place any blame on these parents. Rather, my point is that I completely understand how hard it is to find child care that you can trust. I wish that individuals who give child care were required to take classes and be evaluated before being employed. I understand that is probably unrealistic. It is just that cases like this one are so horrible and heartbreaking and absolutely avoidable. Individuals with quick tempers should NEVER be child care providers or teachers.

    All in my opinion. . .& respectfully submitted with true condolences for the loved ones of this little boy. . .

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    This is a problem with a person you don't know watching your child alone, for a little bit of money full time. I'm also not blaming the parents - certainly they thought they were doing the right thing in hiring this grandma to care for their baby.

    But this is a recipe for disaster. Sketchy women (and she's sketchy by any standard) left alone to care for a baby they don't love, and are paid little, and the children are too young to tell tales, create a fertile ground for serious abuse. This is the scenario when children are beaten or killed by a caregiver.

    I didn't even know you could throw a child hard enough into a play pen to fracture a skull, and I kind of doubt that's what happened. Playpens are padded.

    If you have to place a child in care with strangers, a licensed commercial daycare is the way to go, with many adults having their eyes on the kids.

    So, so sad. This picture of this child - he looks frightened.

    Parents often think that they'll get better care with a one on one caregiver, and it seems this couple hired a grandma expecting her to be the better care than a larger facility. The outcome is so sad.

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    What a horrendous tragedy. Rest In Peace little angel.
    The man in my avatar may have killed two innocent teenagers Abigail Williams and Liberty German. If you know who he is Please call the tip line. There is a reward of $250,000 - Tel- 844.459.5786 or email: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

    May this be the year there is justice for Abigail and Liberty and William Tyrrell and Jessica Heeringa are found.

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    have a nice retirement in prison lady

    fly with the angels Cooper

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    Poor little soul, what a senseless loss of life. Rest easy, little guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricia View Post
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a 5-month-old boy injured Tuesday died at a hospital, the baby's parents were asking for prayers and the charge against his 65-year-old babysitter was upgraded to murder.
    Barbara Kendrick, who police said admitted to forcibly throwing Cooper Dubovik into a playpen Tuesday afternoon because he had been fussy due to teething and fever, was denied bond Friday at her first appearance on the murder charge.
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/babysit...month-old-baby


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    Poor baby just wanted comfort, how devastating


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    How very sad.
    It appears this lady was related to the parents somehow.

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    Some people should not be allowed near babies or children.

    RIP Cooper


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    I think it's possible the baby was the paternal grandma.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cvaldez1975 View Post
    I think it's possible the baby was the paternal grandma.


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    The babysitter i mean


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    An innocent little guys life extinguished for no other reason than someones inability to control themselves.

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    It's just such a terrible situation all around. Those poor parents...there's no way they could have predicted this.

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    Apologies if already posted.

    http://people.com/crime/mom-of-baby-...en-speaks-out/

    While the case against Kendrick proceeds, Cooper’s devastated family is still trying to wrap their minds around the fact that their beloved child is gone.

    “My husband woke up last night,” Garvin says. “He had a terrible dream. He could have sworn he heard Cooper crying, and he jumped out of bed and ran into his room. And of course when he got there, Cooper was gone.”
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