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I made a post earlier in the week about my daughter's changed sleep schedule. I had to go out without her yesterday but my partner (her father) called me to tell me that he was taking Rory (our daughter) to the ER because she was acting like she couldn't keep her eyes open and she kept gingerly touching the sides of her head like they hurt her. She'll be four in May.

The results of the ER visit was them finding "suspicious bruises" on Aurora's head. Wherever there was hair covering, it seemed, they were uncovering more soft spots and bruising that we were completely unaware of.

Obviously, we've been in hell since Friday. Rory is being treated for a concussion at the hospital but they're going to put her into state protective custody when she's well enough to be released even though we've been interviewed extensively since they found the bruises and have been cleared pretty much.

However, we don't know who could have done his. We only ever leave her with absolutely trusted adults (our parents and one of DP's best friends) for maybe an hour a week max, and I just don't want to believe that they could have done it either. My poor baby is hurt and scared and I don't know who hurt her, I'm just so...insane at the moment that I don't quite know what to say. I just don't know how this could have happened to my baby, how I could have not noticed til now...I'm the worst mother alive, and I'm terrified that I'm going to lose her.


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You are NOT the worst mother alive.
I'm so sorry you are having to go through this right now. I don't have any good advice, just wanted to send you some hugs and say a prayer for you.
 

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i'm so sorry your baby is hurt it is possible that there is an underlying medical condition that could have caused these bruises but it is also possible it was someone you trusted remember you ARE NOT to blame i hope the medical team find the cause soon and if someone has hurt her i hope they pay
 

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The first thing I would do is lawyer up. You need someone to help you get your DD back ASAP and to help you navigate the world of CPS.

I would also be ready to NEVER leave DD alone with anyone else (including DP) until this was resolved.

I am so sorry you are going through this.
 

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I don't have any advice but Im sorry you are going through this. You aren't a bad mother.
 

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DP is not even a remote consideration. (for one thing, he was away for most of the time that the symptoms started showing up, but for another thing, he would never raise a hand to anyone, let alone his little girl. He won't so much as raise his voice when he gets angry. I just don't know if I coulddo that to him
 

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I was or as op says friends and family that we thought were trusted. That wasn't entirely clear and I'm sorry but there's another thread here someplace if you'll forgive my disjointedness, she's had for a couple of weeks (3 weeks? ish) a drastic change in her activity level and a very low grade fever and he'd been away but he was here when it happened, does that make more sense?
 

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I'm glad that you are confident in your partner. I can't imagine how much worse (and more complicated) this would be if you felt unsure of him.

I'm sorry if I upset you by implying he could be responsible. I was trying to gently offer advice without bluntly saying, "Do you trust DP?"

Hold each other close. You will get through this together.
 

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I am so sorry this happened to your dd and that you all are going through this. I have no advice
to you and hopefully you will get some answers soon. I agree with a pp, get a lawyer
 

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What a nightmare
I hope you find out what or who caused the bruises very very soon and this whole nightmare ends for your daughter and family.
I agree that it could be some kind of physical issue. A neighbor's child was covered with what looked like bruises and it turned out to be a terrible allergic reaction to dairy. It looked enough like bruises that they were investigated by CPS before the cause was found. So it isn't necessarily physical abuse.
 

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have they checked her for that "fragile bone" condition? I read somewhere that kids with that condition are often suspected of being victims of abuse but they were getting horrible bruises from regular bumps that wouldn't really hurt other kids....might be worth looking into...is there trauma on any part of her body besides her head?

good luck
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i am thinking since you had your dd around trusted people and you cant imagine who would have done this - could there be a medical condition as pp mentioned that might look like abuse?

has the hospital ruled any of that out? have they even checked into it?

i dont know what medical conditions would be responsible. i am not sure where you would call or research this.



eta: with the level of bruising you described i cant imagine you picking up your dd after an hour and ur dd not saying or reacting to any abuse if it happened. not waiting sometime later. with that level of bruising i would at least associate some pain. i mean its the head. soft spots, bruising sounds v. painful to me. to me a medical condition just makes more sense. i am just thinking logically here. what tests have they done for concussion. are they just going by her symptoms? have they done an MRI? or looked at the brain.
 
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