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Don't close that book quite yet...

Yesterday, I wrote about a young girl who was put into a coma after a severe beating, allegedly at the hands of her surrogate parents. Her stepfather, apparently trying to avoid a murder charge, was fighting to keep her on life support, while the state sought to remove her ventilator and feeding tube. The Massachusetts supreme court ruled for the state, meaning that Haleigh Poutre might be allowed to die.

But not so fast.

Doctors caring for her reported slight changes in her condition. She is now breathing on her own, after four months of being on a ventilator, and showing some signs of responsiveness.

Doctors are preparing a full battery of tests on Haleigh, to see if she is somehow recovering from the horrific beating that might have killed an adult, someone with a fully-developed and grown brain. Apparently children's brains are more resilient and adaptable than adults', and there is a very -- very -- slim chance that she might recover from her current vegetative state.


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Comments (4)

Extremely slim, let's not m... (Below threshold)
taz:

Extremely slim, let's not make another Shiavo circus out this poor little girl's life.
It's truely disgusting that the stepdad's only motivation for keeping her alive is to avoid a murder charge.

The stepdad should get some unsupervised time in the exercise yard while in jail; let's see what kind of beating he can withstand.

Plain ol sick & disgusting, plah...spit, plah.

Lets also not presume to kn... (Below threshold)
JEW:

Lets also not presume to know the stepfathers mind about keeping her alive.

Although I must admit the most pessimistic and equally logical view of this man is that he is more concerned about saving his own skin.

But people do change. Charge him and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law but, let’s not starve the poor girl to death just so we can up the ante to a murder charge.

He could always be brought back to trial for murder couldn't he?

I have always thought that ... (Below threshold)
wyguy:

I have always thought that the punishment should fit the crime, keep the beater(s) in jail until she recovers fully.

He could always be broug... (Below threshold)
Sean:

He could always be brought back to trial for murder couldn't he?

Not if she survives a year and a day from the date of the beating. He just has to pray (ironic, huh?) that she lives that long in order to avoid a murder charge.




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