Awful New Details About The Dad Who Threw His Crying, Teething Baby Strapped In A Car Seat To The Ground (And Why The Mom Didn't Seek Medical Attention)

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Jacob Lowman and Juliana Biggerstaff charged with child neglect, threw teething baby out of car seat
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The father was irritated at his son for crying.

A South Carolina couple was charged with unlawful neglect of a child after the father allegedly threw a car seat in the air, causing the baby in it to “fly out of it” and landed on his head.

According to police reports, the father, Jacob Lowman, 22, became “angry” with the infant on Mar. 10 because his teething son wouldn’t stop crying in pain.

In his rage, he threw the unstrapped car seat the baby was sitting in into the air. The child landed on his head and began “crying hysterically.”

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"The victim did have a visible injury to the top of his head where it appeared he was dropped," an officer wrote in the report.

Juliana Biggerstaff, the mother, told an officer that she rushed over to console the baby.

She claimed she attempted to bring the child to the hospital but Lowman wouldn’t let her, according to Myrtle Beach Online.

She said Lowman told her, "if the baby was taken to the hospital, Department of Social Services would remove the child from their care.”

Instead of taking her son to the hospital, Biggerstaff, 20, proceeded to “feed him a bottle to get him to stop crying.”

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“[Biggerstaff] never tried seeking care for the victim and had ample opportunity to contact emergency services to check on the victim’s injuries,” the police report said.

Fox News reports that Lowman left the home the following day to purchase a vehicle. He returned Wednesday and the situation escalated.

Biggerstaff told authorities she and Lowman got into an argument about leaving their place In Conway. Lowman allegedly pulled out of the driveway while Biggerstaff was still holding on to the car.

She lost grip of the vehicle, but it was enough for her to contact the plaintiff who called police when she learned of the incident with the baby.

Authorities went to the couple’s home Wednesday and discovered the boy with injuries to his head. He was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Department of Social Services stepped in and created a safety plan for the infant.

Biggerstaff was charged with unlawful neglect for not seeking help from authorities after the child was injured, Fox News reports.

Lowman and Biggerstaff were released Friday and posted $5,000 bonds.

According to the Administration for Children & Families, the United States has one of the worst child abuse records among industrialized countries. On average, five children die each day as a result of abuse or neglect.

A report of child abuse is reported every ten seconds, ChildHelp.org reports.

More than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies each year. Over 6.6 million children are involved in these referrals, as one report can include multiple children.

If you suspect a child is being abused, or are a child being abused, ChildHelp urges you to call the National Child Abuse Hotline at (1-800) 4-A-Child or (1-800) 422-4453. The hotline is available 27/7 in the U.S. and Canada and has professional crisis counselors ready to help in over 170 languages.

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