Father Gets Life Without Parole For What He Did To His 12-Week Old Daughter

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father-and-child-384x300By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert

Life without parole, this was the sentence given to John Sanders for the murder of his 12- week baby daughter, Ja’Nayjah who died just 24 days after receiving eight vaccinations in one day. Vaccines help your baby to build up defenses against serious illness and diseases. Routine times of immunizations are at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 years old.

Ja’Nayjah Sanders was born a healthy, normal baby and received routine vaccinations, along with her mother Marrie, before leaving the hospital. Two days later, at a routine checkup, the doctor told Marrie that her daughter had lost a couple pounds since birth and asked her to bring the baby back the next day for tests.

Believing that her baby was fine, Marrie decided to ignore the doctor’s advice and wait until her next scheduled appointment, when Ja’Nayjah was scheduled to receive her routine vaccinations.

This would prove to be a regrettable decision. Shortly before her appointment was due, Ja’Nayjah’s health began to deteriorate and she began vomiting continuously. Marrie was worried about her daughter’s condition and she mentioned this to the baby’s doctor during the appointment.

The doctor appeared unconcerned. Instead, the doctor told Marrie that Ja’Nayjah was probably “eating too much.” Instead of checking the baby over thoroughly, as one would expect for a new born appointment, the doctor proceeded to ignore the warning signs that something could be very wrong regarding the health of Ja’Nayjah and instead vaccinated the sick baby with the eight vaccinations listed for her vaccination card.  The triple vaccine regime included; the DTap’ polio; Rotavirus; hepatitis B, meningitis; and the Hib vaccinations.

Marrie told VacTruth,” After Ja’Nayjah came home from receiving her shots; she just wasn’t the same baby anymore. Before, she was this cheerful, happy baby, but after, she just changed and wasn’t as bright and cheerful as she once was. She started wheezing, was congested and was still throwing up. And when she cried, she would scream an unusual scream, almost as if she were screaming in pain. After her shots, her dad bought some infant Tylenol, which I would give her twice a day.”

Several issues still remain about vaccines. Lastly, due to a recently separation Marrie and John separated. Marrie decided to visit John with Ja’Nayjah a few weeks later. Marrie tells the story that led to the death of Ja’Nayjah: “The night before we went to see John, Ja’Nayjah was very fussy and was acting irritated. I eventually fed her a bottle and she went to sleep. I woke up the next morning, left Ja’Nayjah, and left her alone with John. Within an hour of me leaving, I received a text message from John saying the baby stopped breathing and that he was at the hospital. I called him and he told me that she woke up screaming, and when he was in the kitchen making her a bottle, she stopped screaming, and when he returned, she was unresponsive.

While at the hospital, doctors and a CT scan said she looked as if she had been shaken. John was immediately called and asked why he had shaken the baby, he denied shaking the baby. Emergency brain surgery and blood transfusion was done for Ja’Nayjah. She died in her mother’s arms after spending 12 hours in the hospital.

Marrie believes that John did not shake Ja’Nayjah and that her daughter became ill after receiving vaccinations. John was still arrested for killing 12 week old Ja’Nayjah and was given life without parole for her murder.

The normal vaccine given at birth is Hepatitis B vaccine, but may be given at any age for those not previously immunized. The schedule of vaccines may vary depending upon where you live, your child’s health, the type of vaccine, and the vaccines available. Some of the vaccines may be given as part of a combination vaccine so that your child gets fewer shots. Ask your doctor which vaccines your child should receive.



  1. shield

    January 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    This is why we should not vaccinate our children and ourselves

  2. MzObservant

    January 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    ok, I am highly confused. Why isn’t the doctor who vaccinated this poor baby being held for his part in the death of the child? Surely all of those vaccinations are not necessary and are probably illegal! I cannot imagine a doctor administering that many shots for a NEWBORN. WTH? Not defending the father, but he was probably at a loss on what to do. However,shaking a baby due to your frustration is not ever a good thing to do. Shaking a newborn especially is not a good thing. He should have been the one to call 911 instead of shaking the child.

  3. Lauren

    January 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    There are about three verses and a bridge left out of this story.

  4. J. D. Hill

    January 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    The baby’s father is probably telling the truth. He just didn’t have enough money to buy the justice to prove it.

    In these kinds of cases [shake baby syndrome], several experts for the defense need to review all evidence and critique all accusations of culpability of the father, costing tens of thousands of dollars. I doubt if this was done; therefore, justice had no alternative but to side with the prosecution which, more often than not, seeks a conviction and not necessarily the truth. And unfortunately, jurors don’t always understand that no one has to actually shake a baby violently in order for a baby to shake violently and kill itself! So, what could have been other reasons for a baby to shake that way? And, why was the baby screaming and so upset during the hours and days before she died?

    Black folk, of all people, should never assume that justice will be served just because of one’s good morals and intentions by telling the truth. Because as they say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. And, the road to prisons are, too!

  5. Brenda Bell-White

    January 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    There has to be more to this story, if not then there has to be a miscarriage of justice. This father needs the Justice Project to take on his case. I plan to research how to contact the Justice Project and refer this case to them. People we have to act to assist our people to care for themselves and their children/family – not just criticize them; even the most educated among us needs an advocate when we or our children are sick!

    I will never forget when my 36 year old son was an infant he was so sick I knew he was in trouble, I called our pediatrician and left my then husband and my son’s father at home because he thought I was over reacting. Needless to say, our pediatrician had already called the Children’s Hospital emergency room and they took my baby to the treatment room immediately.

    When my then husband came to the hospital I went back to the waiting room where I had seen so many listless babies and I started advocating for these babies and parents; in fact I insisted that these babies be treated immediately! There was something going around and babies were really sick to the point of near death (I knew my baby was dying)! Some parents had been in the emergency room for hours, while we and other parents whose pediatricians called the ER got immediate entry! My baby would’ve received immediate entry regardless, because I would have demanded it, just as I did for all of the other black babies in the ER!

    We have to advocate for our people, several parents told me they tried advocating and insisting, but were told that other emergencies took precedent! I followed up with a call to 1 of the Vice President’s of the hospital that I happened to be on a committee with. The protocol of that ER was totally changed as a result. I took names, waiting times, etc. and followed with an e-mail to the VP. I knew my baby was getting the treatment he needed, I couldn’t live with myself and not take care of all of the other babies that were sick with the same thing my baby had! Give back to our people and the community!

  6. Tjeremiah Tyvie

    January 28, 2014 at 2:58 am

    If a man has a criminal arrest it follows him through his life. These “people” have warred upon the peaceful natives. Renditioned millions to America to torture and rape them for life. They dropped a nuclear device on fishermen after bombing Tokyo for 152 consec. days to see what would happen. Were this my pedigree you would name me what I was-a serial killer. Yet nothing in the past matters to the foolish. Doctors in America have killed more people than the army in Iraq. GOOGLE CAUSES OF DEATH IN AMERICA. That is not exaggerated in the least. How did the world survive before these vampires decided we would be better off injecting Mercury in our babies instead of breast milk? I have six unvaccinated children who never get ill. I also don’t feed them garbage like McD and call it dinner. Putting the life of my child in the hands of killers just seems SOOOO intelligent. We’re All next. Here’s a cure for AIDS, here’s a cure for cancer, and the fools will forget again how many before us they have killed and RUN to let them kill them.


      January 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Awesome response and life choices Tyvie. I share your thoughts and practices as well. Dont have enough money to educate our people on such matters, but at least my offspring will learn. Keep it up plz.

  7. Yocheved

    January 28, 2014 at 3:56 am

    This is a case where there is plenty of ignorance to go around. First off, the mother. Her baby was losing weight, that’s called “failure to thrive”, and is very dangerous – yet she blew off a scheduled appointment. Second, her baby was throwing up and screaming, but she thought that was not a big deal? Third, why was the mom not breastfeeding? What kind of formula was she giving, and did she have her baby checked for allergic reactions to any of the ingredients? Soy, dairy, corn or wheat could all be fatal with a severely allergic newborn.

    The doctor should have taken a better look at the baby and checked the weight record. You don’t vaccinate a baby who has failure to thrive, they are too medically fragile. He should have investigated the vomiting, too.

    Eight vaccines in a tiny baby is insane by anyone’s standards. If you’re going to vaccinate, you need to space the vaccines out and give them one at a time, to check for allergies. My daughter had a violent reaction to the Pertussis shot, and if I hadn’t caught it and reported it to her doctor, he said that the follow up Pertussis booster could have been fatal!

    It sounds to me like the ONLY person who didn’t do something stupid was the father, if he is in fact innocent.

    Ignorance kills. The only cure is education. Rest in peace, little angel.

  8. Tawanza

    January 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Now its time for a lawyer to step up and take the case pro bono because u can clearly see this man has been denied justice its so many fuck ups with this story this is sad this man lost his child now his life he needs help I will pray for this family all this cause he couldn’t have had a good lawyer

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