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NC baby reportedly shaken; now blind and on ventilator

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Andrew Oetzel Andrew Oetzel
Laurinburg, NC - Back in February, Laurinburg Police were called to Scotland Memorial Hospital to investigate a case of suspected child abuse.  Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said at the time there was evidence a 9-week-old baby in intensive care was abused. The investigation led to the arrest of the baby's father, Andrew Michael Oetzel. The 24-year-old is charged with felonious child abuse.

Now Charlie Oetzel is four months old. He is home with his mother, Audrey Blades, after he spent two months in the hospital. The Laurinburg Exchange reports Aubrey brought Charlie to the hospital when she noticed he had developed a lazy eye and was suddenly not interested in eating. A brain scan in February revealed he likely had been shaken, according to doctors.

The paper reports Charlie is blind and requires a ventilator. More than 100 kids in Scotland County were reportedly abused or neglected in 2011. The Mayo Clinic reports symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome include:

•Extreme irritability
•Difficulty staying awake
•Breathing problems
•Poor eating
•Pale or bluish skin

April is set aside as Child Abuse Prevention Month. A Family Fun Day will be held on the DSS grounds April 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature bounce houses and other activities.

If you suspect child abuse, you are urged to contact authorities.

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