Baby Kaleb

These are the pictures of Kaleb Schwade who up until last month was a healthy baby boy. But now he's fighting for his life after being diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome. He's got an overwhelming amount of support, though, from people across the country -- all of them linked to Kaleb through the social networking website MySpace.

Kaleb was born in Tampa, Florida to Kristy and Joshua Schwade. Joshua was born and raised in Jackson and left for Florida about three years ago.

On May 8th, of this year, Kristy took her son to babysitter. The next day Kaleb was unresponsive. He was admitted to Tampa General Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he still is currently.

According to Joshua's brother Ronald Schwade, who declined an on camera interview, Rebecca Saunders was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, and is out on bond.

News of Kaleb's condition spread through Kristy's blogs. In fact hers is currently number six in MySpace's most popular.

There are other MySpace websites that are specifically designed to garner support for baby Kaleb -- most made by strangers. One of them is called "Support Kaleb Bracelets" where people can buy prayer bracelets for five bucks, with most of the money going towards the Schwades.

Kaleb has suffered seizures and has gone blind because of the incident. Right now he's currently fighting bacterial meningitis.
But in her latest blog, Kristy says Kaleb is responding to voices, which means he can hear -- a huge feat for one so small.

MySpace pages dedicated to Kaleb:

http://www.myspace.com/kristyreynolds

http://www.myspace.com/kalebbracelets

http://www.myspace.com/helpkaleb


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  • by Sarah Location: earth on Aug 19, 2009 at 03:22 AM
    actually Tina, I am her sister and I can assure you that the sitter DID NOT admit to anything. Check your facts before you assume. She has said from the very beginning that she did not do this and that the baby was already ill. I believe that. Not b/c she is my sister but because of what I KNOW as facts that have not been preseted in court yet. So if anyone needs to be "put in a cell" it is those that judge without a clue (ie: YOU). Wait until the evidence is presented, until then keep your ignorant opinions to yourself.
  • by Misty Location: Union South Carolina on Jul 24, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    Hey my name is Misty im 14 and im very sorry 4 what happened to your baby boy..but i totally understand what you and her Man are going throw..i have 10 month old daughter and she was shoke to death as well..so i pray to you and ur Family every night to keep Kalub alive..bc i know what ti is like losin a baby
  • by Tina Location: Michigan on Jul 3, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    That day care provider is NOT innocent!!!! How could anyone make that statement!!!!??? She admitted to shaking him!!! Michelle you should be put in a cell right next to that evil wicked horrible woman!
  • by Michelle Location: California on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    Rebecca is innocent. I believe that Kaleb was ill prior to taking him to daycare and the symptoms went unnoticed.
  • by Chey. on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    this is so sad. i new about this and did a report about kaleb for my speech class. I hope that he is doing a lot better. and He will always be in my prayers.
  • by Anynomas Location: Internet on Sep 12, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    I am very sorrryy to hear about this, Kaleb and your family are diffinatellyy in my prayerss.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2007 at 05:38 AM
    THIS IS SO SAD!!! I WISH I COULD HELP ALOT MORE BUT ALL I CAN DO IS PRAY. THAT BABYSITTER IS SO STUPID. WHO WOULD SHAKE AN INNOCENT BABY!!!!!!
  • by BEVERLY Location: AL on Nov 23, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    I AM SOO SOO SORRY THIS IS HORIBLE BUT YOU KNOW I AM PRAYING FOR YOUR BABY ONE DAY AT A TIME ...I HAVE A MYSPACE THAT HAS A BACKGROUND OF BABY KALEB AND I HAVE A VIDIO.. URL MYSPACE.COM/BEATIFULDISATER313 I HOPE YOUR BABY GETS BETTER AN I KNOW THAT HE IS IN GODS HANDS
  • by anonymous Location: pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2007 at 08:50 PM
    I'm curious about the babysitter really doing this ok if you didnt take your 5month old to the hospital til the next day then I dont think the babysitter did it. If you are a mother and your baby was not drinking his bottle and didnt wake up all night there is something wrong. If my 5month old wouldnt wake up about 2hours after picking him up I would have taken him to get checked. at 5months old they dont really sleep that much they are up playing or wanting to eat.
  • by Kalehb on Nov 15, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    did the parents smoke pot?
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