Family of allegedly abused baby holds vigil


by Kyle Brown

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 14 at 1:00 PM

(WHAS11)-Family and friends held a vigil and prayed for a miracle for the 4-month-old baby who police say was beaten and is at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Intensive Care.
20 to 30 people hung posters calling Aiden, the beaten child, a “Blessing.”
They lit candles, exchanged hugs, and with tears in their eyes, showed their support for Aiden and Braiden; 4-month-old twins who police say could be the victims of abuse.
“We appreciate everyone coming out tonight and supporting them and showing them love because they need every bit of it they can get,” said the twins’ aunt Cindy Sallee.
She says that Aiden is considered brain dead.
And when he arrived at the hospital early Tuesday morning doctors said he had complete loss of eyesight, severe bleeding in his brain and abdomen.
18-year-old Samuel Harris, Jr. has been arraigned on assault charges for Aiden’s injuries.
The family tells us it happened Monday night in a trailer in Bullitt County.
The boys’ mother went to McDonald’s and left Harris with the boys, and Aiden started crying.
The boys’ aunt says Harris threw the baby on the couch, then picked him and started shaking him.
“After he shook the baby, he realized that the baby wasn’t breathing anymore. So he squeezed his chest hard enough that he fractured all of his ribs. And then when he realized that wasn’t helping to bring the baby back, he went and got help,” said Connie Spann, an aunt of the twins.
Aiden’s twin Braiden was also admitted to Kosair and placed in ICU.
During an examination doctors found old injuries like fractured bones that authorities say could have been caused by abuse. He’s been released.
But Aiden’s aunt says his heart beats, but only because a machine is doing it for him.
“A sick, sadistic monster. That’s what it would take to do that to a 4-month-old baby,” one family member said.