18 MONTH OLD BARBARA ADAMS FORCED TO WALK ON HER BROKEN LEG, DIES AFTER FALLING WHILE TRYING TO THROW HER DIAPER IN THE GARBAGE – CCA0040
An 18 month old baby girl died after suffering severe head injuries from being forced to walk on her already broken leg. Nakia Adams, mother of three children, including 18 month old Barbara, went out of town for a weekend, leaving the children in her boyfriend’s care, though care is hardly what I would call it. Adrian Morgan Allen, 27, shouldn`t be allowed to care for a worm. When the average person cares for a child, that child does not end up dead.
18 month old Barbara had previously been taken to the hospital the month prior to her death to be treated for a spiral fracture in her leg, leaving her in a cast. According to Barbara`s mother, her 8 year old sister was to blame for her broken leg. Yeah …… good job on the cover up mom. Adams and Allen were told to keep the little girl off her leg and not allow her to walk. Simple enough directions you would think.
While watching the children the weekend Adams went out of town, Allen forced the baby girl to throw her own diaper in the garbage, completely disregarding the doctor’s instructions to keep Barbara off her broken leg. As she attempted to throw her diaper away, she fell numerous times, using items around her to help her get back up. I can only imagine the horrific pain Barbara would have been in trying to walk with a broken leg. While attempting to use a stack of wooden chairs to get back up on her feet, the chairs tumbled down onto the baby girl causing severe head injuries. Allen told police that at first he thought baby Barbara was dead, so he allegedly took her to the bathtub and poured cold water on her head. He states to have then checked the baby girl`s heartbeat, which was faint. When she took a shallow breath, she gasped. He then took Barbara to the living room couch where she began convulsing. After the incident, Allen phoned the children’s mother to tell her that Barbara was sick and vomiting. When Adams returned home, she found her daughter lying unresponsive in her crib. Barbara was then taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, and shortly after flown to St. Christopher`s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Barbara`s injuries were so severe, she required immediate surgery to relieve internal bleeding inside her skull. Sadly though, the little girl`s life could not be saved. When medical professionals examined Barbara, they quickly discovered numerous other (and older) injuries. In addition to the broken leg, head trauma and resulting bruising, the baby girl had a broken arm, broken ribs, burn marks on the backs of her legs and a bite mark on her triceps. Adams initially blamed the injuries on a babysitter whom she claimed to have fired, only to later admit that all of the injuries occurred while Barbara was in the care of Allen.
Allen was charged with first degree felony aggravated assault and child endangerment, being held on $1,000,000.00 bail in Bucks County Prison. Allen has a long history with the law, including four convictions for drug offenses. From December 2006 to May 2007 and from April to September 2008, Allen was imprisoned in New Jersey.
In January of 2013, Adrian Morgan Allen pled no contest to first degree murder and child endangerment for the murder of 18 month old Barbara Adams. The judge presiding over his sentencing, is one I can definitely get behind. At Allen’s sentencing hearing the judge said “This child’s life was short and filled with pain. I hope your life is long and you think about it every day. And I hope you suffer.” After which the judge sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole. Authorities say they are still considering charging Barbara’s mother, Nakia, in the case.