|Updated: 10/10/2012 10:24 am
||Published: 10/09/2012 7:20 pm
The Bixby Police Department is seeing an increase in shaken baby cases.
Police tell FOX23, the numbers have nearly doubled this year.
Bixby Police Officer Rene Torres has responded to multiple calls involving shaken babies this year.
"We're seeing more than we might like," the officer told FOX23.
Torres would like to see none, but that's not the case. He's responded to at least two last year. It doubled this year. The last case, the infant was severely injured.
"A little bit of you gets left behind,” Torres told FOX23. “You remember the case you work. Some are more damaging than others."
Studies show Shaken Baby Syndrome is one of the leading causes of children's death in Oklahoma.
Matthew Eber, with Parent Child Center in Tulsa, says there are multiple reasons why the that abuse happens.
"It could be drugs or alcohol,” He told FOX23. “But a catalyst can always be someone who's tired. It's the middle of the night and your baby's been crying day after day after day. You just haven't slept and you just snap."
It's happened across the nation. 300 deaths involving a shaken baby were recorded this year. The center offers classes to help prevent those deaths.
Eber says it happens when you least expect it.
"It's the middle of the night someone's working three jobs,” said Eber. “The person says, "Oh, I'd never do that." Maybe they snap."
Eber and Torres want people to know there are options for help.
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa visits 1,500 families with newborns a month at local hospitals.
If you'd like to speak to them with about healthy ways to soothe your infant call
918-599-7999 or you can visit their web site for tips at 3seconds.org.