Mother Arrested for Shaking 8-month-old Son Until He Was Brain Dead

Mother Arrested for Shaking 8-month-old Son Until He Was Brain Dead July 6, 2019

A California mother was arrested for shaking her 8-month-old son so hard that he suffered paralysis and extensive brain damage. Heather Fowler’s eight-month-old son will likely die from his injuries.

According to a press release by Lucerne Valley Police, authorities found an unresponsive baby inside of Fowler’s home on June 30. Due to the severity of the infant’s injuries, first responders air-lifted him to a local hospital.

When the baby arrived at the hospital, doctors performed multiple exams and scans on his brain. A forensic pediatrician found that the boy had no brain activity, severe brain swelling, and retinal hemorrhaging. Doctors determined the injuries were consistent with child abuse related to shaking. Medical staff admitted the baby into the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, and doctors do not expect him to survive.

After doctors determined the baby’s injuries, police questioned his mother, Heather Fowler. Following the interview, authorities arrested her on July 30, 2019. Initially, police booked Fowler on charges of willful cruelty to a child.

On July 2, Victorville District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Fowler for felony child abuse causing paralysis. A judge set her bail at $100,000.00.

Because the investigation is ongoing, police are urging anyone with tips to contact them. Lucerne Valley Police wrote,

“Anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective Brian Arias (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or”

There are very few details at this point regarding what happened in the moments leading up to the boy’s injuries. However, a mother whose sole purpose is to protect her child viciously attacked him. As of today, there are no details about the status of the child.

According to Heather Fowler’s Facebook page, she is a mother to other children. Photos from 2016 show that she gave birth to a baby boy. There are no details regarding the custody status of her other children.

For now, Fowler is sitting behind bars. Sadly, when her son passes away from his injuries, prosecutors will upgrade her charges to murder.


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  • Jim Jones

    However, a mother whose sole purpose is to protect her child viciously attacked him.

    That’s an assumption.

    Shaken Science: The unsettled science of Shaken Baby Syndrome

    For more than a decade, a growing movement of doctors and engineers has questioned the science behind Shaken Baby Syndrome.

  • Knitting Cat Lady

    Nope. Those are a few cranks going against the scientific consensus.

  • Jim Jones

    No more a scientific consensus than those for Satanic Panic!

  • Are you forking kidding me?

  • Jim Jones

    Where is this “scientific consensus”? Where is the research?

    Try a 10 lb sack of sugar or flour. Hold it up and see how long you can shake it for.

    Read the link I posted.

  • Congratulations, you’re supporting child killers.

  • Jim Jones

    Rubbish. I’m supporting the innocent against illegal prosecution.

  • No you’re not.

    Abusive head trauma (AHT) is an injury to a child’s brain as a result of child abuse.

    It can be caused by direct blows to the head, dropping or throwing a child, or shaking a child. AHT is also called shaken baby syndrome (or SBS), inflicted traumatic brain injury, and shaken impact syndrome.

    Stop defending child abuse.

  • Jim Jones

    Where is the proof?

  • Right in front of you, at the link I posted. You’re just choosing to ignore it.

  • Jim Jones

    And you’re ignoring MY link.

  • No. I read it, and it’s utter bullshirt.

  • Jim Jones

    Before national attention brought a halt to the worst witch hunt in U.S. history, 43 adults were falsely arrested on 29,726 fabricated charges of child sex abuse.

    The few witnesses in the cases, a single mother and two young girls, later recanted in sworn court documents and before TV audiences. The young girls described how they were threatened and beaten, with one apparently suffering a broken arm, by Perez, who used acts of violence to coerce false accusations.

    One young woman described how she was kidnapped by Perez and locked up in a psychiatric facility, where a “recovered memory” therapist gave her mind-altering drugs in an attempt to get her to make false accusations against her parents. The state ACLU later verified her account.

    In January 1997, single parent Michelle Kimble gave sworn court testimony that Child Protective Services officials Kate Carrow and Tim Abbey and detective Perez coerced her on Dec. 17, 1996, into making false charges against Pastor Roby Roberson, who had spoken out against the witch hunt. Shortly thereafter she repeated on NBC-TV that she was intimidated into making false allegations by fear of being criminally charged herself and having her son seized by Child Protective Services.

    CPS caseworker Paul Glassen told how he was forced to flee to Canada with his family when he was put on Perez’s arrest list for refusing to go along with the false accusations.

    Parents, Sunday school teachers and a local pastor were indicted and many were convicted of raping their own children and the children of other members of a sex-ring. Innocent people were railroaded into prison, and their children were sold into foster care.

    Not a scrap of physical evidence of sex abuse was ever presented, an extraordinary fact considering that the children, some mere infants, had allegedly suffered an average of 495 rapes. One woman was charged with 3,200 counts of child sex abuse.

    None of the public officials who broke the law, tampered with witnesses and fabricated evidence in order to convict the innocent have been indicted.

    However, civil cases have found the city of Wenatchee and Douglas County negligent in the child sex abuse cases, and multi-million dollar judgments have been awarded. The state Department of Social and Health Services and Chelan County have settled other civil cases with large awards.

  • That’s not the same thing, and you know it. The Satanic Ritual Abuse scare had and has absolutely nothing to do with shaken-baby syndrome. With SBS, we have actual physical evidence of injuries to children caused by shaking or blows to the head.

  • …you do realize that parents lift 10+ lb babies and play “airplane” with them, right? Shaking them wouldn’t be much more effort.

  • Jim Jones

    Try it.

  • Jim Jones

    Unproven nonsense is just that.

  • You’re clearly off the deep end, dude.

    I’m out.

  • I have. It’s easy.