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Father charged in "shaken baby" death | NC appeals court affirms life at conception | Israel vs Palestine divides NC Dems
No. 42— Oct. 15-Oct. 21, 2023
The father of a 3-week old preemie has been charged with murder after his child died at WakeMed
Mom was in NICU when baby injured at WakeMed; dad charged with murder - WRAL
Noah Benjamin Bliss, 22, of Harnett County was charged with felony murder this week after his three week old child died while in his care. According to the WRAL story, nurses told the mother that the child had a brain bleed/swelling, but no external injuries or broken bones.
From a American Academy of Pediatrics journal article:
"Post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH) remains a major morbidity of premature birth resulting from intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH)"
Intraventricular hemorrhage = brain bleed
Hydrocephalus = swelling
The 3-week old child who died was a twin who was born at 34 weeks, and had just been released from the NICU. Premature birth and low birth weight (associated with twins) are both risk factors for intraventricular hemorrhage.
So here's my question: is there any evidence of abuse/murder against the father here besides the fact that his child died of a condition which is a known risk factor for premature births?
I will be attempting to follow up on this story. If anyone has more info, please reach out.
NC Court of Appeals re-affirms that life begins at conception
NC Appeals Court: Mom who committed crime while pregnant can lose parental rights - NC Newsline
Although legislation passed by the GOP controlled legislature in North Carolina allows mothers to kill their unborn children up to 12 weeks of age with no legal consequence, an unborn child is a human under NC civil law.
The personhood of unborn children was affirmed in an appellate court ruling on Tuesday written by Judge Hunter Murphy.
In this case, a pregnant mother had plead guilty to felony child abuse for actions that she committed against the child of her partner (her unborn child's father), which the trial court referred to as "torture".
After the child was born, the court terminated the mother's parental rights under N.C.G.S. §§ 7B-1111(a)(8), which gives the court the authority to do so when the parent "has committed a felony assault that results in serious bodily injury to the child, another child of the parent, or other child residing in the home".
The appellate court rejected the mother's argument that her unborn child was not "residing in the home" with the other child which the mother had abused: "However, as life begins at conception, we affirm the termination of Mother’s parental rights under N.C.G.S § 7B-1111(a)(8)".
Judge Murphy, a Republican, was elected to a six-year term on the North Carolina Court of Appeals in a non-partisan election in 2016.
Judge Jefferson Griffin (R) concurred
Judge Toby Hampson (D) concurred in result only
Israel-Palestine conflict creates rifts in NC Democratic Party
The Internal Fight Roiling North Carolina Democrats - The Assembly
NC Democratic official called colleague ‘Nazi,’ spy in leaked recording, complaint says - N&O
According to the neo-Marxist oppressor/oppressed ideology held by many Democratic activists in North Carolina, the Palestinians are justified in any attack or action taken against the “colonial” Israeli government/people. However, this puts them squarely at odds with many American Jews, ~70% of whom identify/lean Democrat.
The two sides have been accusing each other using language like “Islamaphobia” and “antisemitism” the which is typically reserved for their shared enemies on the right. It’s not clear at this time which side will take the upper hand in the NC Democratic Party institutions, but I’d put my money on the pro-Israel side.
The Post Millenial senior editor Andy Ngo shared an image of a sticker reportedly found on the UNC Campus, which clearly illustrates the ties between the attacks in Palestine, and what the most extreme radical leftists would like to see occur here in America.
The imagery of the “sling” references the use of the low-tech weapon by Palestinians against Israeli forces. Presumably, whichever anarcho-communist put this flyer up would believe the use of this lethal weapon would be justified against police or their political opponents here in America.
UNC committee on academic freedom and free speech holds emergency meeting - ABC11
Although the radical leftist and pro-Palestinian may be advocating for violence or supporting terrorist action, their speech is most likely still protected under the 1st amendment.
The Supreme Court case Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969) established the “imminent lawless action” standard for statutes regulating speech advocating for violence or other illegal action:
Held: Since the statute, by its words and as applied, purports to punish mere advocacy and to forbid, on pain of criminal punishment, assembly with others merely to advocate the described type of action, it falls within the condemnation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Freedoms of speech and press do not permit a State to forbid advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.
Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969) - Justia
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