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Jul 28 - Babysitter charged with murder after violently shaken baby dies 35 years later
 

 
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A Texas woman has been arrested and charged with murdering a Florida man who died in 2019, more than 35 years after she violently shook him as a baby and caused permanent disability.

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Terry Delores McKirchy, 59, of Sugar Land, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge earlier this month in Broward County, where the crime took place in 1984. She is accused of k*lling Benjamin Keith Dowling, 35, of Bradenton.

Benjamin, who was 5 months old when he suffered devastating brain damage, died Sept. 16, 2019. McKirchy, who was babysitting the boy at the time, denied causing the injuries, according to The a*sociated Press.



McKirchy, then 22, claimed that Benjamin had fallen from the couch and injured himself, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Despite her denials, McKirchy pleaded no contest in June 1985 to attempted murder and aggravated battery of a child. Florida court records indicate she received an extremely light sentence.

McKirchy was made to spend weekends in jail for three months — until her third child was born, according to the AP. She then served three years’ probation.

The reasons for such a lenient sentence were not immediately clear Tuesday.

“I know I didn’t do it. My conscience is clear. But I can’t deal with it anymore,” McKirchy told the Miami Herald in 1985. “I’m six months pregnant. You wouldn’t believe what this has done to my family.”


Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office officials said McKirchy has waived extradition and is awaiting transfer from Texas to Florida. As of Tuesday morning, she remained jailed in Fort Bend, Texas.

“The passage of time between the injuries sustained and the death of the victim were considered by the forensic experts who conducted the autopsy and ruled the death was directly caused by the injuries from 1984,” Broward County prosecutors said in a statement obtained by the AP. “This case was presented to the grand jury, which determined that this was a homicide.”

Because she was previously convicted of attempted murder and not murder, McKirchy’s constitutional protections against being tried twice for the same crime do not apply.

Dowling was left profoundly disabled following the traumatic brain injury he suffered as an infant, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Benjamin never crawled, fully rolled over, walked, never talked, never fed himself, he never enjoyed a hamburger or an ice cream cone,” the Dowlings said in a statement. “He could never tell us when he had an itch or anything hurt. When he cried in pain, we as a family and caregivers had to guess as to what was wrong and hope that we could satisfy his need.”

“Benjamin would never know how much he was loved and could never tell others of his love for them. Benjamin did smile when he was around his family, although he could never verbalize anything. We believe he knew who we were and that we were working hard to help him.”


Shaken baby dies at 35: Court records indicate that Terry McKirchy lived in this Hollywood, Fla., home in July 1984, when she is accused of violently shaking 5-month-old Benjamin Dowling while babysitting. Dowling died in September 2019 and McKirchy, now 59, has been charged with murder. (Google)
In 1984, Rae and Joe Dowling were living in Plantation with Benjamin, their firstborn child. The boy, who was described by his parents as the “most beautiful baby in the world” was also his grandparents’ first grandchild.

The infant was above average in his weight and height and hitting all of his developmental milestones. He was sleeping through the night and had begun eating soft cereal and rolling over, his parents told the Sun-Sentinel.

Then came July 3, 1984, when Rae Dowling dropped Benjamin off at McKirchy’s home in Hollywood, part of the Fort Lauderdale suburbs.

McKirchy, who had two of her own children and babysat two others besides Benjamin, took care of the infant while his parents worked. When Rae Dowling went to retrieve her son, however, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Dowling told police her son’s hands were clenched, and his face was turning blue, the newspaper reported. His breathing was shallow, and his normally expressive blue eyes were blank.

After her son’s pediatrician told her to meet him at Plantation General Hospital, doctors there determined that Benjamin had what was then called Shaken Infant Syndrome. They deduced that the boy had been violently shaken, causing bleeding in his brain.

Benjamin survived, but despite years of occupational, speech and physical therapy, he made no progress. He had multiple surgeries over the years, including the placement of a feeding tube when he was 18 months old.

He also required metal rods along his spine to keep it straight, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The Dowlings went on to have two more children besides Benjamin, who required round-the-clock care. He died in 2019 at the family’s home.

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In his obituary, his parents wrote that the a*sault “lead to a life of struggle and full-time care.”

“He lived to the older age of 35 because he was so loved and well cared for by his entire family, especially his mom (Rae), dad (Joe), sister (Melissa), brother (Joseph), loving grandparents and extended family,” the obituary read.

His family recalled the good times in Benjamin’s life, attending his brother and sister’s sporting events and other activities. He traveled around the U.S. with his family and attended a family reunion in the Bahamas.

“Benjamin taught us all many valuable life lessons and everyone who knew Benjamin was better because they did,” his family wrote.

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 2 months ago '05        #2
kriskross00  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Deeeezam
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 2 months ago '13        #3
Xavi619 
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Wtf lol
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 2 months ago '08        #4
cohs  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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How does that work with double joepardy? I know it's a diff charge but how can you serve a attempted murder and murder charge for the same offense?
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 cohs said
How does that work with double joepardy? I know it's a diff charge but how can you serve a attempted murder and murder charge for the same offense?
It don't....she didnt k*ll him..she endangered him and should have been charged back then...she didn't k*ll him so how is it murder 35 years later....
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 2 months ago '16        #6
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 2 months ago '17        #7
Dollarmo 
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I remember seeing a case similar to this one. I guy was shot , doctors couldn't take bullet out . Decades later he died because of the bullet , they went back charged person who shot him with murder
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 2 months ago '15        #8
Still Numskull 
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Shaken baby dies at 35
I mean cmon
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 2 months ago '07        #9
KeepinItTrill 
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thumbnail aint sh*t
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What a bizarre a*s case
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 2 months ago '18        #12
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Shaking the baby made all this happen? Respectfully, the teeth and whatnot? I don't get that, if that's his actual pic. Rest his soul. This whole sh*t weird though.
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 2 months ago '14        #13
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Damn first degree murder tho? The baby lived for 35 years after the incident… it’s fu*ked up what she had done in the first place and she definitely deserves real punishment but honestly idk if this warrants those charges. I definitely could see an argument for manslaughter tho. RIP to him it’s terrible that his whole life was ruined from being shaken as a baby
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 2 months ago '18        #14
Mr Tibbs 
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been living good for 35 years, now she gonna get charged.
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 2 months ago '19        #15
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Tf ...My lawyer would eat this

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 2 months ago '17        #16
Lite  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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So if this he lived a full life lets say 70 years old, then died she still gets charged with murder?
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 2 months ago '11        #17
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The govt really love wasting money smh
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 2 months ago '06        #18
Hit Em' Up 
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First degree? Cot damn. I don't think those charges wont stick with a good lawyer. But every state/country has different laws. There must have been a previous conviction in the past for something similar if the prosecution actually went through with it.

Maybe a civil wrongful death lawsuit?

 2 months ago '13        #19
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 cohs said
How does that work with double joepardy? I know it's a diff charge but how can you serve a attempted murder and murder charge for the same offense?

Y'all got to start reading. That's why it's so easy for y'all to believe disinformation and bullsh*t, because you're always taking someone else's word for it instead of reading sh*t yourself.



 Aries said

Because she was previously convicted of attempted murder and not murder, McKirchy’s constitutional protections against being tried twice for the same crime do not apply.


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 Lite said
So if this he lived a full life lets say 70 years old, then died she still gets charged with murder?
If due to the brain injury

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Big Gurthy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Florida.
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 2 months ago '20        #22
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 Lite said
So if this he lived a full life lets say 70 years old, then died she still gets charged with murder?
...yes...
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 2 months ago '20        #23
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 cohs said
How does that work with double joepardy? I know it's a diff charge but how can you serve a attempted murder and murder charge for the same offense?
That was clarified in the article you never bothered to read.
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 2 months ago '04        #24
Prometheus 
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 cohs said
How does that work with double joepardy? I know it's a diff charge but how can you serve a attempted murder and murder charge for the same offense?
Watch fracture featuring Anthony Hopkins. Great movie.
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 2 months ago '04        #25
NAKHI ALLAH 
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Double Jeopardy does not apply cause originally she was charged with attempted murder, now they charging her with murder it says that in og post...
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