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Jun 4, 2019

Police Investigating Death of Baby Boy Who Died of Battered Child Syndrome

Thevane Banner

Police in Belmopan are investigating the death of a two-month-old baby boy. Thevane Banner was rushed by his parents to the Western Regional Hospital on Saturday after he began experiencing breathing complications. According to the father, Troy Banner, Baby Thevane was choking on food and had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency attention. Doctors at the W.R.H. attempted to resuscitate the baby but were unsuccessful. Banner made serious allegations against the hospital and blamed the doctors for Thevane’s death. A post mortem examination, however, is suggesting that baby Thevane was a victim of physical abuse. The post mortem examination revealed that baby Thevane died as a result of a “fracture to the head and back, multiple skull fracture, and head trauma consistent to Battered Child Syndrome”. Today in Belmopan, News Five Hipolito Novelo got some answers from the Director of Health Services.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Two-month-old Thevane Banner died as a result of a fracture to the head and back, multiple skull fracture and head trauma; these injuries are consistent with Battered Child Syndrome.


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, M.O.H.

“The terminology battered simply means that there is some level of violence generated against a particular person. It is not a onetime event necessarily but that is what it is referring too.”


Troy Banner rushed baby Thevane to the Western Regional Hospital on Saturday after he began experiencing breathing complications.


Troy Banner

Troy Banner, Father

“The baby started to choke because I was feeding him. So, it was like he wasn’t breathing well. So, I tried to do what I could do as a father, not knowing anything on the fret to try to get a response from him or to see him move or whatever. So, I tried my best to get some assistance from someone to bring us to the hospital. We reached the hospital.”


According to Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, baby Thevane arrived without a pulse at the regional hospital.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“In this particular case as I understand it is a police case because the initial report that we got is that the child arrived without a pulse at the hospital. Once you are unable to resuscitate that child, technically that child may have died outside of the hospital. I mean if he arrived without a pulse and you were not able to resuscitate that child. So once that happens, it becomes a police case regardless of the situation that the children may have been involved.”


Troy Banner

“If the baby was unresponsive, he wouldn’t be able to breathe. I don’t think they would have been able to give him any kind of medications in the system. When they had the oxygen in his face you saw plain that the baby was breathing. So, I was talking to a male officer and a WPC reached who was taking a report and we were talking to them. Like when the doctor went one of the nurses came in the room. I guess she wanted to know what we were talking about with the officers to eavesdrop. Now, I guess her conscience couldn’t take it and I asked her in front of the said WPC, who was in the room with us, what was the medication and why? She stated they gave that eight-week-old baby, my son, Thevane Banner, four to five doses of adrenaline. They stated it was to try to get a heartbeat, to get a heart rate up or something. But with an adult, I think four to five doses of adrenaline will have our heart beating very, very rapidly. So for an eight-week-old baby, I really don’t think that was right.”


Dr. Manzanero says that adrenaline was used as per established protocol in an attempt to resuscitate the child.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“If adrenalin was used we are assuming that the child basically has no pulse, there is no palpable heartbeat and that is the reason you initiate medication. If there is no response then you keep adding a medication, hoping you are going to get anything but there is going to be a point in time when you consider that there is no further response. So the medications given as outlined in the reports to us would follow the established protocol in terms of trying to resuscitate anybody.”


Due to the results of the post mortem, a police investigation has been launched to determine if baby Thevane was a victim of physical abuse.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“It talks about subarachnoid hemorrhage which is bleeding underneath the skull, layers of the brain tissue so people can understand and broken ribs. I know that there can be potentially broken ribs when you are doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation but it doesn’t see, that would have been stated in the actual post mortem. That does not seem to be the case in this regard. The description also of the pediatrician when the child arrived did mention that there was apparent head leisure. I say apparently because you are unable to sustain that until the post mortem which actually substantiates that.”


Troy Banner

“It’s just puzzling. All I just don’t want them to do is; because I have a bad vibe that they are trying to fabricate stuff to try to take themselves out or whatever and make me and my girlfriend look like the bad persons like if it was a case of abuse. But my son was only eight weeks old. I have to be a damn fool or a crazy man to try and harm an eight week old, my own child.”


Hipolito Novelo, News Five.

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