David Brock Kimsey was born at 5:01 AM on October 12, 2019. Three months later, he is in the hospital, fighting for his life.
On Thursday, January 16th, 2020, Beverly Hueston of Gaffney, South Carolina and her step-mother, Donna Smith, departed for a trip to the grocery store to buy diapers for Beverly’s three-month-old son, Brock. When they left Brock in the care of Beverly’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Justin Keith Crowe, they had no idea they’d have been better off entrusting the baby with a silverback gorilla.
“Everything was fine when we left,” Beverly told a local news station. “He was smiling; he was cooing; he was just so happy.”
Not long after leaving the home on Lyman Street, Beverly and Donna received a phone call from Justin, who complained that the baby would not stop crying.
When they arrived home after a total of about thirty minutes, Brock was unresponsive and unmoving.
“He looked dead. It terrified me,” said Donna. “All black and blue and swollen. He wasn’t crying. He couldn’t open his eyes.”
The three adults immediately rushed Brock to the emergency room at Spartanburg Medical Center, from where he was airlifted to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville. After police officers spoke with Beverly and Donna, they took Justin on a friendly little car ride to the police station, where the man-boy sang like a bird. Justin, police say, confessed to punching the baby multiple times in the head.
(You know, like how experts recommend quieting babies?)
Upon admission, Brock was listed in critical condition. “Two brain bleeds, crushed larynx, and several broken ribs,” said Chief Chris Skinner of the Gaffney Police Department. “[Doctors] advised that the next 72 hours are crucial in whether the baby lives or passes away.”
As of a few days ago, family members on Facebook were reporting that Brock was responding to medication given to combat the swelling in his brain. It was also reported on Monday morning that Brock opened his eyes twice during the night. Doctors were planning to remove his ventilator if he continued to improve, but as of Monday, they were unable to do so due to the swelling in his throat.
Captain Micropenis Justin Crowe is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a felony charge of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily injury. His bond was set at $50,000 by Judge Joe Johnson. If Brock survives his injuries, Justin could face up to 20 years in prison; if (God forbid) Brock dies, the charge will be upgraded to homicide.
In the meantime, not only can we hope the confessed baby puncher will meet a few “friends” in county jail who like child abusers just as much as we do, but let’s send all the prayers, healing energy, good vibes, or whatever you call your personal version of positive thoughts to Brock to help the little guy pull through and make a full recovery.
I will provide updates on Brock’s condition as I learn more.
Sources: WSPA, Fox Carolina, WYFF, Gaffney Ledger, Facebook