A couple from the American town of Sherwood, Joshua Marbury and Alicia Quinney, had to experience the imperfection of the justice system in their own skin.
One day, they decided to go on a date and left their one-year-old son Jacob in the care of a nanny.
Back home, Joshua and Alicia saw the following photo: little Jacob started crying, while the nanny was simply asleep.
Additionally, the child was found to have bruises on his body and a palm print was clearly visible on his face.
Outraged parents called the police and the next day filed a petition with the court.
Although the case seemed perfectly clear from the outside, the judges found no good reason to punish the nanny.
It turns out that according to local laws, in cases of minor injuries, a guilty verdict can only be reached if the victim testifies.
But after all, Jacob is only a year old and he is not able to say what really happened.
The outraged mother posted photos of her beaten son on her Facebook page and described in detail what happened.
This entry caused a storm of indignation: in a single day, more than 150,000 people reposted it.
Fortunately, people’s anger had its effect.
A group of lawyers has started preparing appropriate amendments to the law, which should change the investigation procedure if the case concerns very young children or people with intellectual disabilities who cannot clearly describe what is happening happened.