His entire life

Christopher Cobb, 14, died Tuesday. A victim of delayed homicide.

Fourteen years ago Christopher was left in the care of his mother’s boyfriend. When he cried, he was hit in the head several times by Cornelius Fletcher, then he was picked up and thrown into his crib so hard that he bounced out and landed on the floor. He suffered from the syndrome known as shaken baby syndrome, a cause of brain and spinal cord injuries. After 14 years, he has died of those injuries.

Fletcher was convicted of child abuse in 1992, and was given 10 years with 5 of those years suspended. He served 2 1/2 years. He will not be prosecuted further for the death due to a quirk in Maryland’s law, which until 1996 stated that the state can only bring murder charges if the death occurred within a year and a day of the attack. This law has since been changed, but still applies to cases that occurred before 1996.


Rest in peace Christopher. You deserved so much more.

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