Anthony’s mugshot from 2006
My essay titled WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING was just published in the July 2014 issue of The Sun.
It’s about my nephew, Anthony Shaw, who was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s two-year-old son.
This is a story about guilt and innocence and trying to live with the difference.
Some readers have asked me if this is a true story.
Read an excerpt or subscribe to The Sun.
It’s dogfight time. Laurel Leigh’s BABY KILLER is a memoir about a splintered family grappling with questions about a young man’s guilt or innocence. Getting ready to revise the full manuscript, Laurel has asked us to examine the opening—here’s an excerpt. Dogpatch Writers Collective occasionally posts these excerpts of our group critiques of work in progress, and your comments are welcomed.
From Baby Killer
- Anthony Shaw Arrest Picture
Nursey tells me everything she’s learned: Baby Alex had been beaten before. He visibly showed signs of abuse according to the emergency-room doctors. It’s unclear how Alison was or wasn’t involved in abusing him. On the evening of his death, the baby woke up and threw up and peed on Anthony. Nursey isn’t sure whether the vomit provoked the crucial beating or whether it was an aftermath. Anthony and Alison took the baby to the hospital hours later when they realized something was wrong with him.
“An investigator called me,” Nursey tells me.
“You talked to an investigator?”
“She wanted to know what people, you know in the family, had said about Anthony. I told her, ‘I’ll help you but I don’t know everything.’ So I guess I’m working for the prosecution if anything, nailing the coffin in the head.”
At another time my sister’s off way of describing things would make me smile and want to hug her.
Read a longer excerpt at: http://www.laurelleighwriter.com/publications/baby-killer/
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