Dwayne Allen Smith, 21, was caring for one of his 5 week old twin baby daughters on Saturday night while the mother took the other twin and went shopping.

According to the article, the infant would stop crying. So Smith shook the baby. When she didn't stop crying and wouldn't eat, Smith hit her in the head 2-3 times with his fist and then hit her in the face with a bottle.

Allegedly when the mother returned home with the other twin, she saw bruises on the baby's face and what appeared to be a deformity on the infant's head. And Smith told her that the baby had fallen off the couch.

The mother took the baby to the hospital where and examination and a scan of the baby's head showed injuries that appeared to be inconsistent with the story Smith told. The infant had two skull fractures and blood spots on the baby’s brain. The mother called police and so did the hospital.

Dwayne Smith has been charged with one count of malicious wounding and one count of child abuse and neglect causing serious injury. If he is convicted of the abuse, he is facing 2 to 20 years.

There is no indication in the article as to it's condition or prognosis. But the baby remains in pediatric intensive care and "is being watched closely" according to doctors.

How do you shop with two babies? I mean I know it can and has been done. But think about it, by the time you put two babies and a diaper bag in a shopping cart- you don't have room for groceries. So the logical thing to do would be to leave one twin with the alleged "Dad'.

I can remember when my babies were this age. I felt guilt at leaving them. When I had to be away from them, I would complete my business as quickly as possible and rush right back to check on them.

I cannot imagine what that mother went through when she found the bab's face bruised and saw the "deformity" to it's head. Fear, anger, a desire to hurry the baby to the hospital. Later she will probably be dealing with guilt feelings, feeling responsible for leaving the baby with it's "Daddy". Not that she did anything wrong….. it just seems that mother's do often feel guilt when something happens with their babies.

5 weeks old. The baby would likely have not done much more than eat, sleep, cry, and fill it's diaper. But it was probably tracking objects with it's eyes and had developed it's own unique little facial expressions. Now she is lying in a hospital. At a time when she was just learning to differentiate between people, now she is surrounded by strangers, there are bright lights, and strange noises. She possibly has tubes of some sort inserted into her body. She has an injury to her brain. Babies often heal quickly. Or they go bad quickly.

At 5 weeks old, she is fighting for her life. Who knows if there will be permanent injury. If she lives, someday she will learn what her "Daddy" did to her.


  1. Soobs said,

    April 18, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    Can anyone explain why there couldn’t be a pill (along with several psych tests) to ALLOW someone to be a parent, rather than the way God intended it to be? That poor mother, and those babies. And “dad”, well, he’ll probably get a slap on the hand, and be out, making more babies, with more people, in no time.

  2. April 19, 2006 at 1:44 am

    I have long thought there should be a classes and tests given when kids are in high school and again when marraige licenses are applied for on human relationships. Maybe we out to be giving parenting classes and testing at the same time.

  3. Magnolia said,

    April 19, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    We need to change how we approach parental rights. I’m in full agreement with you both.
    Don’t mean to be flippant here, but I wish every potential parent had to pass the same requirements for having a baby that people do when they adopt an animal.Especially in Michigan.

  4. April 19, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    We make people take classes and a test to get a driver’s license. But they can get married by just signing a piece of paper. And they don’t even have to do that to have a baby.

  5. Soobs said,

    April 19, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    Amen, Amen. Seriously, I’d venture to say that more than 50% of the population that HAVE kids, couldn’t pass a test if they had to do so.

  6. April 19, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    I know that not all parents are bad parents. And I know that we don’t hear about the caring, involved parents much, only the bad ones. But we are hearing way to many of these.

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