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Parents frustrated by law that they say protects child abuser

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SHERWOOD, Ore. – A mother in Oregon is furious after she says a babysitter abused her child but has not been arrested.

Alicia Quinney and her boyfriend decided to go on a date in March.

Quinney said she asked a family friend to care for her 1-year-old son, Jacob, during that date.

When she got home, she told KATU that Jacob was hysterically crying and the babysitter was asleep on the couch.

The next day, Quinney says she was shocked.

“The first thing I saw was a black eye,” she said.

PoliceĀ told KATU that they do not believe Jacob’s parents were responsible for the bruises, adding that a police report was filed.

Weeks later, family members took to social media because no arrests have been made.

The Washington County District Attorney’s office says they have not made a decision on whether or not to file charges against the babysitter.

If charges are filed, prosecuting him could be even harder under Oregon’s law.

The state’s law makes it difficult to prove “substantial pain” in child abuse cases where the victim cannot speak.

“His whole face, arm, back.. [there were] bruises everywhere! He was screaming! He was crying! How does a baby communicate? They cry,” she said. “It’s not fair and I want my son to have justice and I want everybody else who is dealing with this to be able to come forward and be the voice for the people that need help.”

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