US Woman Arrested for Killing Infant

By Park Si-soo
Staff Reporter

An American woman has been arrested in the United States on charges of killing a baby she adopted.

Rebecca Kyrie, 28, was indicted with physical detention on Friday for murdering Chung Hei-min, a 13-month-old girl adopted from Korea about six months ago by the accused and her spouse David, according to The Indianapolis Star, a local daily published in Indianapolis in the U.S. on Sunday.

The arrest came after a three-month-long investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff Department.

Chung was adopted by the Kyries in June through Bethany Christian Services and was called Chaeli by her adoptive parents.

Bethany Christian Services is a not-for-profit adoption service provider with offices in 30 states in the U.S.

Police said that Kyrie shook the baby girl so violently on Sept. 3 that it resulted in head trauma, resulting in her death the next day. Her husband, David, was at work at the time, and her two biological sons were with her.

Kyrie still denies the charges. Reportedly, however, her six-year-old son has told an investigator that his mother told him not to say what happened to the girl.

Kyrie was known among her neighbors for being a regular churchgoer who even performed dance interpretations of Bible stories at the church.

``Kyrie offered no explanation for her baby condition when she called 911 on Sept. 3 and reported the child was frothing at the mouth,'' the daily quoted Maj. Mark Bowen, spokesman for the Sheriff Department as saying. Later, however, she referred to personal problems, according to evidence filed in court.

After the baby was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis, she was diagnosed with a severe brain injury and placed on life support. But Chung died after she was removed from life support equipment the next day. The recently obtained results of an autopsy show that she died from the so-called ``shaken baby syndrome.''

The daily reported that she had not admitted to shaking the baby, and her husband also claimed no knowledge of any prior abuse.

In an interview with Indianapolis-based TV news, 6News, her brother, George Cooper said Kyrie, an extremely loving and caring mother, would not have abused the child.
``There's every possibility in my mind that this was a pre-existing condition and that just took time to bear itself out,'' he said.


What is 'Shaken Baby Syndrome'?





Shaken baby syndrome is a severe form of head injury caused by violently shaking an infant or child.

Alternative Names:

Shaken impact syndrome; Whiplash - shaken infant


Shaken baby syndrome can occur from as little as 5 seconds of shaking.

Such shaking usually takes place when the infant is crying inconsolably and the frustrated caregiver loses control. The violent shaking may result in severe injuries to the infant, permanent brain damage, or death.

Injuries are most likely to happen when there is both acceleration (from shaking) and deceleration (from the head hitting something). Even hitting a soft object, such as a mattress or pillow, may be enough to injure newborns and small infants. The result is a type of whiplash, similar to that seen in some auto accidents. A number of factors make infants highly vulnerable to such forces. For example, children's brains are softer, their neck muscles and ligaments are weak and not fully developed, and their heads are large and heavy in proportion to their bodies.

When an infant or toddler is shaken, the brain bounces back and forth against the skull. This can cause bruising of the brain (cerebral contusion), swelling, pressure, and bleeding in the brain ( intracerebral hemorrhage ).

The large veins along the outside of the brain may tear, leading to further bleeding, swelling, and increased pressure ( subdural hematoma ). This can easily cause permanent brain damage or death.

Shaking an infant or small child may cause other injuries, such as damage to the neck, spine, and eyes. Eye damage is very common and may result in loss of vision (retinal hemorrhage).

Shaken baby injuries usually occur in children younger than 2 years old but may be seen in children up to the age of 5.


In most cases, an angry parent or caregiver shakes the baby to punish or quiet the child. Many times the caregiver did not intend to harm the baby. Nevertheless, it is a form of child abuse.

Shaken baby syndrome does not result from gentle bouncing, playful swinging or tossing the child in the air, or jogging with the child. It also is very unlikely to occur from accidents like falling off chairs or down stairs, or accidentally being dropped from a caregiver's arms. Short falls may cause other types of head injuries, although these are often minor.

Shaken baby symptoms

Shaken baby symptoms

  • Review Date: 7/21/2006
  • Reviewed By: Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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Better off

And probably somewhere in Korea lives a woman who was told her child would be better off, growing up with another family.

Bethany Christian Services involved in this adoption already made a major fuck up in the home study of Victor Alexandrer Matthey.

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