The Grandmother’s Story of Baby Ma’Laya D. Wimmer
I am the grandmother of a child that was taken from my daughter and
my daughter of shaken baby syndrome and child felony neglect. The court
attorneys are refusing to look at the vaccine connection.
On Friday, November 1, 2002 Ma’Laya Wimmer, at the age of four months
given her second set of immunizations at her pediatrician’s office. She
the DTaP, Hib, IPV and Prevnar. She was a premature baby who was
with a rare syndrome (twin to twin transfusion) that affects only one
of every 6,000 pregnancies according The National Organization of Rare
(www.rarediseases.org). So adjusting for her prematurity she was only
My’Laya didn't act like herself over the weekend. She was fussy,
and not eating. That is why her mother took her back to the
two days later on November 3rd because she noticed that Ma’Laya was
jerking. But the pediatrician did not see the jerking and said
was fine. So the mother and baby returned home.
Later that night Ma'Laya was admitted to Carilion Roanoke Community
with sustained seizures. The Emergency Room doctor said she was
seizures “back to back.” The pediatrician admitted her to the
Intensive Care Unit (PICU). During this 24 to 48 hour period the
were not easily controlled, but were eventually controlled with three
According to the records:
Ma’Laya had a CT scan and a lumbar puncture. A dilated eye exam showed
retinal hemorrhage in the right eye. She had a “high pitched cry”
behaved as though she had sustained a head injury. She had altered
status, poor muscle tone and suck.
So the pediatrician said that the high pitched crying, right retinal
and protracted encephalopathy were symptoms of a definite diagnosis of
Baby Syndrome.” They contacted the protective child services. The
suggested that the child be placed in foster care and we get visits
a month, one hour each visit.
I started researching vaccines and their side effects. I weighed
pros and cons.
I was fortunate enough to get two doctors’ opinions in this case. Dr.
Buttram, an environmental doctor from Pennsylvania, and Dr. Michael
hematologist from Australia who sent me opinion papers concerning my
Dr. Harold Buttram showed how vaccines and vitamin C depletion are
with Shaken Baby Syndrome in his article “Vaccines, Vitamin C Depletion
Shaken Baby Syndrome” published in September 2003.
Dr. Innis took his time and went through every shot that Ma’Laya had
given. It was the Hib shot that was the culprit. I went even further
checked the vaccine records from the NICU and found she was only 6
and 3 ounces when she received those shots. Also when Dr. Innis
her records, he said she was not given the Vitamin K shot that would
prevented the retinal hemorrhage.
I also had advice from a registered nurse, Susan Kreider from
who composed a chart showing the amount of thimerosal that my
had received in her vaccines. The chart showed the amount of mercury
the “safe” amount as determined by the EPA and FDA. She told me,
absolutely disgusts me.” One of the shots had a number that was listed
VAERS as a “hot lot,” but the doctor at the hospital says it isn’t the
My daughter was arrested in January 2003 for Felony Child/Abuse. The
court appointed attorney has resigned after we protested his lack of
the real cause of the baby’s injuries. The second court appointed
wants to go to trial on December 1, 2003 and he has not looked at the
connection either. He is looking at my daughter and saying, “You know
Her first lawyer wanted her to plea bargain. He did everything but sign
paper for her. He scared her to death. That is why I'm writing this
and she's not. He told her that a jury would eat her alive and the
has a handicapped child and is going to want to know why her child is
The second lawyer has her scheduled for a trial before the jury but he
offered her a plea bargain.
Ma’Laya is developmentally behind, but we have known all along she
be. The doctors say she is cortically blind, but that can happen from
(Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.) She doesn't appear to be blind to
because I notice her looking at things. I can see these improvements,
yet it seems the doctors are overlooking them. Her medical
show a line saying “problems at birth” and it is checked, but the
and the lawyer seem to not be taking this into consideration.
are not considering the facts that premature children can’t tolerate
They are covering themselves. My daughter had to see a high risk doctor
her pregnancy, yet the hospital let the regular doctor who was on call
The doctors had the baby on Reglan for acid reflux. That drug causes
The Neurologist said that the condition of the baby’s brain is what one
expect for a baby that weighed less than three pounds at birth. There
no blood, no broken bones or bruise on the baby’s body.
She was in the babysitter’s care and seized for over an hour before she
taken to the emergency room. This was two days after taking her second
of vaccines. The baby-sitter said in a preliminary hearing that
didn't take her to the doctor because she wasn't her mother! She could
at least called 911 for an ambulance to get her. The baby sitter who
a Certified Nursing Assistant called my daughter at work and told her
she thought that she ought to take her to the doctor after she got off
work, but didn’t even tell her that she had been seizing. So my
didn’t even know it was an emergency.