When raising a child, it helps to have a support system of friends, family, and loved ones. Some people aren’t fortunate enough to have this, and that’s when outside help is needed.
The father in the following story was one of these less fortunate parents, so social services stepped in to help. But what they soon learned was that this dad was hiding a secret so big that even they couldn’t see it…
His Girlfriend Struggled To Cope With An Illness
When his girlfriend and the mother of his newborn struggled to cope with schizophrenia, Christie was petrified. Their son Marshall was not even a few weeks old, and he didn’t know how he would raise the child all by himself if that’s what it came down to.
The couple lived in Manchester and before Marshall was even born, social services identified them as needing extra “support and supervision.” For the first few weeks of Marshall’s life, he stayed in the Manchester specialist unit with his mom, Sarah. But in the weeks that followed, Sarah became too sick to care for him…
Christie As A Father
A group called “Family In Need” along with social services monitored Christie if he was able to take care of Marshall on his own. He would need to be monitored weekly, if not daily, to see if he was a competent parent.
Under Strict Watch
After one month, Christie was finally allowed to take Marshall home with him to their flat. But, still, he was often under strict supervision. On March 1, he was visited by a clinical social worker for about an hour and during that visit, the baby was stripped of his clothing and given a full head to toe examination…
A Hair-Raising Question
The woman noted nothing of concern but then Christie asked an odd question, “How can you tell if a baby had bruises?” When the woman asked why Christie said he was worried what might happen when Sarah came home as he wouldn’t be in a position to be there with Marshall at all times.
Then, seven days later on March 8, there was a meeting involving Christie and the “Family In Need” team. In the meeting, they agreed that social workers would need to visit Christie at least four times during the week and twice on the weekend. But by then, since Christie was making such good progress, he hoped the visits would be reduced to three times per week…
“Loving And Devoted” Father
That same evening, a worker happened to arrive at Christie’s flat during the time that he was giving Marshall a bath. He observed Christie as being a “loved and devoted” father.
But just two days later on March 10, Christie called his sister at about 4 am and then called 911. He said, “My little boy has been asleep…I gave him a drink of water but he is not breathing at all…I don’t know what to do…I have to ask my cousin to come.”
An Alarming Phone Call
When Christie called 911, it was clear that two women were with him at the time the call was made, his aunt and his cousin. Christie’s aunt had actually raised him as a child so she was someone he often turned to.
Desperate For Help
Within five and a half minutes of the emergency call, the first ambulance had arrived at the home. A few minutes later, a total of six paramedics were on the scene, and Christie said to one of them, “‘Come and save my baby.’”
Marshall’s Skin Was Pale
When emergency personnel walked into the house, they found six-week-old Marshall lying on the floor at the bottom of the bed. Christie’s aunt had been carrying out CPR and the paramedic noticed that the baby’s skin was gray and very cold to the touch.
He Was Sick For A Few Days
Marshall was taken straight to Blackpool Victoria hospital and was evaluated while investigators asked his dad what happened. Christie told them that Marshall had not been feeling well for a few days and that he had been coughing…
Christie said that he gave Marshall some water for his cough and then put him down to bed. But five minutes later he noticed fluid coming from his mouth and that he was blue and floppy. That’s when he called his aunt and cousin.
It was around 3:40 am that he noticed the fluid coming from Marshall’s mouth and he proceeded to shake Marshall’s belly while he was laying down. But, Christie was soon told that he shouldn’t have done this…
Marshall Passed Away After Five Days
Medical staff identified that Marshall’s state was because of an inflicted injury and Christie was immediately arrested. As the baby’s health deteriorated, he was transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital but he died five days later after never regaining consciousness.
Further Evaluation Revealed Everything
Subsequent evaluation revealed that he suffered a serious head injury while in the care of his father. Marshall was examined by several doctors who found numerous injuries externally and internally. The combination of these injuries indicated that Marshall was killed by his dad…
Christie Withheld Information About His Son’s Health
Christie later told police that Marshall struggled to breath since he was born but there was no record of him reporting his concerns to healthcare professionals. He claimed that when Marshall was struggling to breath, he would hit him on the back.
Even Mild Shaking Puts A Baby At Risk
But investigators said that it was Christie’s shaking that caused the collapse. Marshall was scanned and the most serious of his injuries was to his brain. The injuries involved bleeding of the brain as well as brain damage which could have been caused by a lack of oxygen. The injuries he suffered meant that he could have never survived…
Baby Marshall Suffered Injuries On Multiple Occasions
The court also believes that this was not a case of one momentary loss of control because Marshall suffered other injuries including to his genital area when he died. He also had fractured ribs resulting from injuries on at least two separate occasions. There was also further bleeding on the brain which predated to March 10.
A neuropathology expert said that Marshall’s injuries were consistent with “serial shaking events.” There was no evidence of any natural disease that could reasonably count for Marshall’s demise. Christie has since denied the murder and the trial continues.