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    FL - Mark Ward, 7 mos, beaten to death, Lakeland, 6 March 2010

    LAKELAND, FL -- Orlando Police have arrested the stepfather of a critically injured infant.

    Lakeland Police said earlier that they were investigating the stepfather of 7-month-old Mark Ward after the infant was critically injured.

    The boy reportedly suffered a cracked skull.

    Rian Basarich, the boy's mother, says the 7-month-old was at his grandmother's home in Lakeland, being watched by his stepfather, 29-year-old Ryan Clarke, on Saturday.

    "He says he dropped him on accident on the kitchen floor," said Basarich.

    She also says the stepfather has never been violent.

    When Basarich arrived at Tampa General Hospital, she was told her son's chances of survival were very grim. Officials at Tampa General also said the infants injures weren't consistent with those usually found in a fall.

    "I found out that his skull had been bashed in and he's in a coma," said Basarich.


    more here

    http://www.abcactionnews.com/content...hjWZwwFzw.cspx




    Prayers for baby Mark - and let justice prevail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Mist View Post
    LAKELAND, FL -- Orlando Police have arrested the stepfather of a critically injured infant.

    Lakeland Police said earlier that they were investigating the stepfather of 7-month-old Mark Ward after the infant was critically injured.

    The boy reportedly suffered a cracked skull.

    Rian Basarich, the boy's mother, says the 7-month-old was at his grandmother's home in Lakeland, being watched by his stepfather, 29-year-old Ryan Clarke, on Saturday.

    "He says he dropped him on accident on the kitchen floor," said Basarich.

    She also says the stepfather has never been violent.

    When Basarich arrived at Tampa General Hospital, she was told her son's chances of survival were very grim. Officials at Tampa General also said the infants injures weren't consistent with those usually found in a fall.

    "I found out that his skull had been bashed in and he's in a coma," said Basarich.


    more here

    http://www.abcactionnews.com/content...hjWZwwFzw.cspx




    Prayers for baby Mark - and let justice prevail.
    and of course mom sticks up for him.

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    Look at that sweet face! How could anyone do something so cruel? Miracles happen everyday and I hope Mark's will be the next. Praying for you, little guy!

    May your abuser have to face everything the law can throw at him. I don't understand how the Mom could stand up for him but I don't understand hurting a baby so badly in the first place.

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    What an adorable wee one!! Praying for a miracle!!

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    So it happens again!

    What an adorable little guy! How can someone want to hurt him?...I just want to pick him up and love him.

    Not only does this POS hurt the baby, but then props him on Granny's bed and does NOTHING!...waiting for Granny to find him and take him to the hospital. He had better just hope and pray this little one survives this. I hope the mother won't stay with this piece of garbage, but we know what usually happens, don't we.

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    she's already defending him so i wouldnt place bets on her leaving

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    Just askin, but........................

    The baby is 7 months old and this is his step-father? So mom got legally married when?

    Just wondering.

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    Affidavit: 'Frustrated' stepdad hit baby's head against wall

    LAKELAND - A stepfather charged with inflicting life-threatening injuries on his 7-month-old stepson told a witness that he hit the crying baby's head against a wall approximately four times "out of frustration," an arrest affidavit stated.

    The baby is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital with injuries that include a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and a retinal detachment, the affidavit said.
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    Clarke, 29, gave detectives conflicting versions of what happened, the affidavit released today said. But during a Monday phone call to a witness that was recorded by detectives, he said he hurt the baby out of frustration over the baby's crying, the affidavit said. The name of the witness was blacked out but the document said Clarke was also upset about his relationship with the witness. He said he hit the baby's head against the wall "approximate four times," the affidavit said.



    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/mar...ad/news-metro/

    What a POS to hurt this precious little boy

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    What is going on with all of this violence towards infants and toddlers? Extra prayers for the little ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ella971 View Post
    What is going on with all of this violence towards infants and toddlers? Extra prayers for the little ones.
    IMO there is more violence towards babies & young children.
    There are more step-fathers, boyfriends etc who are taking care of these children. How many times do we read about a baby hurt or killed while in care of a man who is not the babies father, while the mother is at work?
    A woman wants to think this new man will love her child just like their own and I believe that is such a huge mistake! It's also a huge mistake to use this man as a babysitter.
    Also with families being more spread across the county you don't have the extended family helping out as much to help care for a child. When I was younger and living at home my mother, older sisters and myself all pitched in to do a lot of babysitting. I can tell you those babies were taken care of very well!! Sure there were times you had a baby cry, one in particular was a very very fussy baby. There was not 1 time he was abused! I can't even think of a time any of those babies had a bruise. Sure I can remember getting a bit frustrated and of course wishing he would stop crying, but you just kept trying different things to settle him down.

    Now you take that same situation but have a new boyfriend or step-father alone with this baby and it's just such a bad mix IMO, he's already probably jealous of the attention he's getting from the mother and resenting him for that plus money being spent on him and now he has to listen to his loud cries?

    I'm not excusing the man who beats/abuses a baby, I simply believe it's a very bad idea to turn them lose with the care for a baby.

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    I just can't stand it. All these precious little babies being hurt so horribly and killed.

    Just look at this adorable little baby! How could anyone hurt him?



    God help this little sweetheart Mark. Free him from pain and fear and confusion.

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    Angry

    This article says the baby-beater was mad at little Mark's mom

    It wasn't until police recorded a conversation with Clarke and unidentified person that investigators believe they got their answer.

    Police say Clarke admitted his frustration with the child's cries and his relationship with Basarich was too much, so he hit the baby's head against the wall about four times.


    http://www.abcactionnews.com/content...J2JTMUEwQ.cspx

    I thought that 'excuse' of relationship w/ the baby's mom sounded familiar -- and yep, we've heard it before from a baby-killer, Jacob Watson.

    [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94187"]Jacob Watson Accused Of Killing 2-Month-Old Daughter because of relationship w/ wife - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]



    I get the feeling that mom was there when he hit Mark against the wall....so why did g-mom find Mark laying by himself, wheezing & cold?

    According to the paperwork filed for Clarke's warrant, Ward was at home recovering from bronchitis Saturday with Clarke when his grandmother discovered him wheezing and cold to the touch.

    ( ^^^ also from the abcactionnews link above)

    ETA: more details on the monster & his lies

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    According to a police report, Clarke's wife, Rian Basarich, asked her mother, Bridgit Ward, on Feb. 28 to care for the child while she tried to "straighten her life out." Ward was provided with a notarized statement giving her temporary custody of the baby, the report said.

    Clarke drove to Ward's Lakeland apartment Saturday morning to care for his stepson while Ward went to work, police said.

    Ward told police she arrived home about 8:35 p.m. and Clarke and the baby were in her bedroom. When she checked on the child, who had been diagnosed with bronchitis earlier in the week, the baby was wheezing and taking short breaths and was cold to the touch, according to the report.
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    According to the report, Clarke firsts denied knowing what was wrong with the baby. He said the child awoke screaming about 6 p.m. and that "his eyes were kind of funny." He said the pupils appeared enlarged.

    After first telling officers he did not give the baby a bath and that just before the child awoke screaming he heard a thump that may have been the baby hitting his head on the wall, he then said he had given the baby a bath and the child fell back in the bathtub and hit his head, investigators said in the report.

    The investigators said they told Clarke the injuries were too serious to have been suffered in that manner, and which time he told them he had dropped the baby in the kitchen and he hit his head.

    But doctors told investigators the injuries were consistent with shaken-baby syndrome and could not have been caused by dropping the child, Smith said.

    In a phone call Basarich placed to her husband at the request of the investigators, Clarke admitted to hitting the baby's head against the wall approximately four times, according to the report. He told his wife he did it out of frustration because the baby was crying and over their relationship, investigators said in the report.


    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...,4681567.story
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    so let me get this straight.........mom recorded a conversation in which he said he pounded her baby's head into the wall 4 times and yet she's still defending him?

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    the article said she made the call at their request and is being called a witness. She was also calledl his wife. I do not think she is defending him. She is a witness for the state which she would have to choose testify.

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    well she sure the heck looks like she's defending him in the original article

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