Enid, Oklahoma Who could do this to a child? Those same questions plagued the Enid Police Department when they arrived at the hospital and found little 23-month-old Evie, her grandfather, and Evie’s mother. I generally stay away from stories such as this for obvious reasons: they hit me in the gut and keep punching. And as strongly as I feel about avoiding them, I feel they should be told. Wake up stupid mothers. Your child could end up looking like Evie…or worse…dead.
Robert Gamble, Evie’s grandfather stated he had received a phone call from his daughter Wednesday morning stating the baby’s head was swollen, purple and she needed help. When Robert arrived at 20-year-old Amanda Gamble’s house, she was holding Evie and that little child held out her arms and said, “Papa”. Sick yet? Hold on, there’s more.
Allegedly, Amanda was celebrating her own birthday with having a few friends over (a claim she’s now disputing) and left her children home with her boyfriend and a 17-year-old babysitter. When she arrived back home, she claims she did not check the children until the next morning. “Evie, what happened?” “Evie got owies. Momma, are you okay?” Sick yet? There’s more.
According to Robert, Evie’s head was so swollen her little ear was folded down and she appeared to have bruises that resembled knuckle prints on the back of her ear. What could be worse than that? For me, a close second is the defensive wounds this precious child had on her hand from trying to ward off the attack.
The 17-year-old baby sitter has now been arrested. “She actually got mad at the kid because the kid wouldn’t stay in bed,” Enid Police Sgt. Dustin Albright said. “She was following the kid back through the kitchen and pushed her with both hands and caused her to fall face-first into the kitchen tile.”
This is a claim the babysitter’s mother is disputing, saying the girl made up the story after being threatened. After all, she wouldn’t do that…she just became a mother 5 months ago. WTF?
Heartbreaking. Heal well, little one. I pray you’re put into a loving home with parents who’ll make good solid decisions for you.