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Former “Charleston Football Player” Found Guilty of Child Neglect

As reported in the Charleston Daily Mail today, Rainest Crawford, 24, of Charleston was convicted after a jury trial of child neglect. The facts of these cases are such that they could easily go both ways. Because who would harm an infant unless it were an accident? But as in other cases, an attempted cover-up or lying sometimes secures the conviction. And in this case, he denied knowing what harmed the infant for the first two days after the injury, and then he came clean claiming that it was an accident. If you accidentally injure a baby, you should be able to tell a physician exactly what happened to the child in order to promote the best possible medical care. And if you don’t, then you deserve a felony conviction of child neglect. These circumstances seem to be playing out in the Caylee Anthony case as well.

The article stated the following:

Prosecutors, however, said the 210-pound former University of Charleston football player intentionally harmed the baby. Their primary evidence was that Crawford was the only one in the room with the baby at the time and he told doctors, the mother and police for two days that he didn’t know how she sustained those injuries.

First of all, what difference does it make that the guy used to play football for the University of Charleston? It’s not like he is famous… Should we label all criminal defendants by what sport they used to play? And why mention that he weighs 210 pounds? When you have an adult up against a baby, it doesn’t really matter what your weight is. Furthermore, 210 pounds is not that large. I am at least thirty pounds heavier and I certainly don’t think my weight should be mentioned in an article about me – unless it specifically is written about my amateur sumo-wrestling hobby.

The article quoted Crawford as stating that:

“I’m sorry,” he said. “It all happened so fast. I don’t want to be a bad parent. She was my first child, and I didn’t have any experience or nothing. I’d never been in that situation before.”

People react differently to situations such as this, and it is certainly possible that it was a genuine accident. Knuckle-dragger former football players such as this guy and myself have to be extremely careful when holding an infant. Do the State’s experts really know for a fact that this was caused by “abuse” and not an accident? As with any expert medical testimony, there are two sides to every opinion. Usually defendants such as this do not have access to adequate expert testimony to present the “other side of the story” to the jury.

Regardless, this is very sad. Infants are completely innocent victims. The article didn’t say what permanent injuries were suffered by the child, but even a slight injury to a baby is a tragedy.

You can read the full article here.

– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.

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August 15, 2008 - Posted by | Children, Trials

1 Comment »

  1. YOU KNOW YOU WONDER HOW THINGS END UP ALL AROUND THE WORLD
    WELL NOW I KNOW PEOPLE POST IT.
    ALOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT THIS MAN AND JUDGE HIM AS IF THEY KNOW HIM.
    WHEN THEY REALY DONT BUT I DO!!!!!!!
    AND THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW PEOPLE LOOK AT IT WHEN THEY DONT KNOW YOU.
    HES GOT ALOT OF SUPPORT ON HIS SIDE THATS THERE TO THE END
    EVEN HIS SONS TEACHERS CANT BELIVE IT.
    CPS DIDNT VIST THE COUPLES HOME FOR 18 MONTHS AFTER THIS ACCURED THEY NEVER THOUGHT THE BABY WAS ABUSED THEY JUST HADE TO LISTEN TO WHAT THE DETECTIVES SAID.
    THIS IS A GOOD HARDWORKING AND MOST OF ALL LOVING PARENT WHO WOULD NEVER HURT HIS OWN CHILD OR MINE FOR THAT MATTER
    SO YOU PEOPLE CAN THINK WHAT YOU WANT ITS ALL GOOD
    ITS JUST MAKING HIS FAMILY STRONGER.
    AND WEATHER YOU PEOPLE LIKE IT OR NOT TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM AND HAS BEEN AROUND HIM WITH HIS CHILDREN STICK UP FOR HIM TO THE FULLEST

    Comment by TABITHA | September 6, 2008 | Reply


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