Mother of severely injured child seeks justice

4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago Wednesday, March 21 2018 Mar 21, 2018 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:31:00 PM CDT March 21, 2018 in News
By: Jalyn Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
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FULTON - A mother took to social media late Tuesday night to share a story about her son's experience at a Fulton home daycare - that had him leaving in an ambulance.

The ambulance took six-month-old Collin Drummond to University Hospital Dec. 12. He was "lethargic" and "limp" on the scene and once he got to the hospital and received tests, doctors confirmed he had non-accidental head trauma or Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Collin's mother, Amber Drummond, said she contacted the daycare owner, Megan Thomas, on the day of the accident to ask what had happened. Drummond said Thomas told her it "is possible one of the kids there could have picked him up and dropped him."

"The neurosurgeon said that just wasn't possible. Collin is a big baby and they said that a child couldn't have done that," Drummond said. "So immediately then, I knew that she knew what happened."

Since December, Drummond said she has waited for the truth about her son's accident to come to light, but she may never get those answers.

Tuesday night she received a letter from Benjamin Miller, the Callaway County assistant prosecuting attorney. The letter said Miller would not file any criminal charges related to the investigation because of lack of evidence.

To support his decision, Miller referenced the statute that covers child abuse, Section 568.060, RSMo.

Miller said the testimonies of the doctors "satisfy the second portion of the definition of abuse of a child," but he can't identify who precisely caused the injury.

The two doctors who treated Collin were not able to agree on a specific time span as to when he could have received his injuries, which influenced Miller's decision.

Drummond said in addition to her concerns about how Collin sustained his injuries, she is unhappy with how the police handled the investigation.

She said the police officer who entered the daycare was wearing a body camera, but did not turn it on while at the scene.

In addition, Drummond said there were police deputies on the scene and no one questioned Thomas. 

"Because they didn't do that, she was able to get an attorney and not be questioned," Drummond said.

Miller also acknowledged the discrepancies in officer protocol in his letter.

"The most critical time in these types of investigations is immediately after the injury is discovered," Miller said. "I would ask that the Fulton Police Department consider changes to policies and procedures with respect to the use of body cameras when responding to medical situations involving injury and/or death of a child."

Drummond said she doesn't know where she'll go next in the investigation as criminal charges are out of the question.

KOMU 8 News reached out to the Fulton Police Department and was told Chief Steven Myers was out sick and that no one else would speak about the case. KOMU 8 News also reached out to Megan Thomas for comment, but she has not responded.

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