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Another Brooklyn Child’s Life Hangs in the Balance
Just as we all prepare for the rally in New York July 20, 2008 in memory of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown, another young girl from Brooklyn lies in a hospital bed, thanks to the man in her mother’s life.
Three-year-old Elea-cha Oliver Ragoo is in critical condition, with severe head trauma, after being almost killed by her mother’s boyfriend. Anthony Merritt, 24, is currently being held without bond, charged with assault and child endangerment.
The story is an all-too-familiar one. Elea-cha’s mother, Nadieh Lawrence left her two children, 3-year-old Elea-cha and an 11-month-old baby in the care of her boyfriends, Anthony Merritt. Elea-cha was not feeling well, and he decided to give her some yogurt to help soothe her stomache. This proved to be a mistake because she threw up the yogurt, something that evidently upset Merritt.
He grabbed the child and shook her roughly, then took her into the bathroom to clean her up. While he dunked her in the bathtub to get her clean, her head banged against the faucet. When he felt he had her clean enough, he threw her body onto her bed, hitting her head again, this time on a hard plastic toy.
Her complaints of pain went unheeded, as he sat and pondered what to do next. Hours later, he finally called 9-1-1 and medics arrived to find the child suffering severe head trauma, including a subdural hematoma. After receiving emergency surgery, she is still in critical condition and most likely will have brain damage as a result of the shaking and blows to the head.
Nadieh is keeping a vigil by her child at the hospital, while she probabaly agonizes over what happened.
Meanwhile Merritt’s mother, Ann, defended her son.
She told reporters, “My son loves children.”
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