Yep....I'm done, also. It has now been introduced that dad was intoxicated. I'm done with being insulted. My child had a similar experience as others here have explained. I wasn't drunk or on drugs or afraid of a custody dispute. :furious:
DiPietro brought it up in this article that's been reprinted in several media outlets, so it has nothing to do with what anyone else here has ever experienced with their own children. JMOO :twocents:
I think the problem several of us are having is the way the family is telling the story.
DiPietro, 24, said the accident occurred on a rainy night in November, but he's unsure of the exact date.
Later he said it was "burned into his brain." That is what Donjeta is referring to about his inconsistant statements.
DiPietro had just returned from the grocery store with Ayla. He went into his mother's home on Violette Avenue with bags of groceries in one arm and Ayla in the other.
"I was carrying her," he recalled during a Thursday interview with the Morning Sentinel. "Usually I let her walk, but it was raining out that night and it was dark."
DiPietro said he walked in the side door at 29 Violette Ave. and up a short set of stairs leading into the kitchen.
"I came up the stairs and slipped. It happened so fast, I don't know exactly how I fell on her, but I fell on her," he said. "It's burned into my brain."
There's the problem. He can't forget, but he can't remember either. That's why it might sound as if he was intoxicated.
His mother, Phoebe DiPietro, 47, was in the next room.
"I was sitting in the living room with my daughter, and we heard a big thump," she recalled Thursday. "I immediately went to the kitchen and Ayla was scared, obviously. I picked her up."
Phoebe DiPietro said Justin's wrist was injured in the fall, but Ayla appeared to be OK.
"I was more worried about (Justin's) wrist, because he's broken it into 39 pieces (in a snowboard accident)," she said.
Aha ~ well, that might explain why they weren't concerned enough to take the baby to a doctor. Poor Justin might have broken his wrist again.
Doesn't it seem strange to worry more about the adult who dropped the baby than the baby herself? Just asking . . .
"We hung out for a little while after," Justin DiPietro said. "She was a little fussy here and there, but if you'd seen her, you wouldn't have known anything was wrong with her."
I have no problem with that - anyone might think she was okay. Did she cry in the night, though? Did they give her anything for pain?
Still, it's what they said about the next day that seems problematic.
Before he left the driveway, however, Phoebe DiPietro called him back in into the house.
"When I came in, she showed me Ayla's hand and it was swollen," he said.
Ayla wasn't crying, Phoebe DiPietro said. So, the family weighed a decision.
"It was my last class," Justin DiPietro said. "I paid a fairly good amount of money for that."
DiPietro considered skipping class, but his mother advised against it.
"I was, like, 'We have to bring her to the emergency room,' and she said, 'Well, she's fine right now.'"
Well, if she was fine, then why did she call Justin back into the house? That's the problem with the statement.
And here's where HE
mentions intoxication, which makes it okay for us to discuss it:
DiPietro said he's aware of several widely held beliefs about the broken arm.
For instance, he said, some people have questioned the timelapse between when the injury happened and when they went to the hospital.
DiPietro said some people have suggested that he didn't take Ayla to the hospital immediately because he may have been intoxicated at the time. He said that's untrue.
DiPietro added that if he had known Ayla's injury was more serious than a bruise, he would have skipped his class.
"The class, the money, that wouldn't have mattered to me," he said.
Yes, hindsight is always 20-20, but he and his mother both mentioned the money as a factor in skipping the class. So they did care, even though they had an injured child.
And just because he said he wasn't intoxicated doesn't mean he wasn't. It just means he denies it. No one can prove it now either way. I wish there was a store camera as there was with the Irwin family.