Family of shaken infant speaks

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Four-month-old Adalyn was taken off of life support Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. Her family is now speaking out about the tragedy that led to her death. 

Melanie Christensen and Elena Ratcliffe are Adalyn’s aunt and great aunt; they say the family is completely heartbroken. But still, they have made the heroic decision to participate in organ donation. 

“The mother put it best because they can’t save their own little girl and they are able to help at least eight other kids, and that helps,” said Ratcliffe.

The 16-year-old babysitter is still in detention in a juvenile facility awaiting charges. The family says he was a relative and had been babysitting two children for about a month. The family says that after the 4-month-old was examined, doctors determined that there was more than one instance of abuse, but doctors also examined Adalyn’s 2-year-old brother and did not find any evidence of abuse. 

The Utah Office of Child Care recommends that every parent require that their babysitters have CPR and care training, or that the parents choose professional childcare. They recommend training through the YMCA or the Red Cross.

They also have help for parents seeking affordable childcare alternatives. 

Ratcliffe and Christensen expressed their thanks for all of the generosity shown them through their Go-Fund-Me page

If you suspect child abuse or neglect contact the DCFS 24/7 hotline: 855-323-3237. For more information, visit dcfs.utah.gov.

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