FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- a Cape Coral infant, allegedly shaken by his father, continues to fight for his life in a Miami hospital, according to the Department of Children and Families.
Police say the child now suffers from permanent brain damage. His father, James Buday, is charged with child abuse. A child protection team may have been the reason the suspect confessed.
The medical director for SWFL Child Protection team said his team, which includes Lee and Charlotte counties, sees the highest number of cases per year in the state, which is an average of 3,000. The team not only diagnoses child abuse, but also works to prevent it, unlike other teams in the state.
Doctors at HealthPark first met Owen Buday when he was unconscious, hemmorrhaging from the brain, and unable to breathe on his own. Rushed to Miami Hospital, the child protection team there didn't take long to call his injuries, "obvious child abuse."
"Our task to determine if it's true, not true or we can't tell," said Lambert.
Their intervention got police involved and led to a confession from Buday, who allegedly told police he had "snapped."
Medical director Walter Lambert said it's that kind of team work that get results. His team in Southwest Florida, is the only one in the state that brings experts from several fields together.
"Social workers do interviews of children, and or family members. The medical people, whether it be pediatricians or nurse practitioners, do medical examinations of the children," said Lambert.
The idea is to help heal, and prevent the abuse.
"What we see is, many times, people are focused on the allegation and miss the domestic problems, miss the mental health, miss the drug use," said Lambert.
Dr. Lambert said his team is also the only one in the state to do work in homes as well, not just the hospital. They look out for cases involving injuries to the head, bruises to the neck and really anywhere on a child that's especially under the age of five. They look for burns, fractures, and conditions that appear to be neglect, such as weight loss, dehydration even. They say these are signs you should look out for as well, and always give them a call.