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Clear Lake, Iowa – 13-year-old Morgan Roberts volunteers in the nursery at her local church, and is just starting to experience what its like to watch over someone else’s kids.
But when Christina Maulsby asked her to step up and shake a baby doll, the reality of how serious caring for a baby is, became real.
“Well I thought it was really impacting how something so little can change some body’s life forever,” said Roberts.
And that’s exactly what Christina Maulsby and Malinda Loge wanted to happen.
They’re the Co-Presidents of North Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Council.
And their mission is to teach others in North Iowa how no baby ever has to die from crying.
“My biggest thing is to realize how quickly in a split second frustration or anger that you take out on this child will forever impact that child’s life,” said Maulsby.
They say the reaction on others’ faces when they see how little of a shake it takes to fully injure a baby is life changing.
“Our pastor came up and shook the baby twice and the whole head lite up and that baby died. So just that impact, that visual impact to see that, that’s all it takes is really what has become important,” said Loge.
Maulsby says even young kids can get a better grasp on how important being educated on shaken baby syndrome can be.
“A lot of these high school kids they babysit, they don’t realize oh gosh this baby is crying and I just want to push them down quick or whatever. Just that impact and then they will become parents, so I hope that tonight sticks with them,” said Maulsby.
And for Morgan it’s a lesson she won’t ever forget.
“They they are fragile and shaking them can change their life forever or abusing them in not right and it can severely injure them or kill them,” said Roberts.