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September 25, 2013

Infant allegedly dropped on head recovering from skull fracture

The Eagle

BRYAN, Texas — A Bryan couple and their 5-month-old baby boy were back at home Monday after a traumatic six days in the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.

About 4:15 p.m. last Tuesday, Brad and Kristen Shumbera, both 32, said they picked up their infant son, Lincoln, from Camelot Learning Center and quickly noticed “something was not right.”

Lincoln was lethargic, pale and couldn’t be woken up, said Brad Shumbera.

By 5 p.m., Lincoln was in the College Station Medical Center emergency room where doctors arranged for him to be flown by helicopter to Austin.

There, the baby underwent surgery to mend a fracture to his skull, an injury Brad Shumbera said occurred while at Camelot.

“Our understanding is sometime around lunch his classroom teacher dropped him on his head and neglected to tell anyone,” Brad Shumbera said.

He did not want to comment on where the information came from and said his family will soon begin looking for a lawyer.

The incident is being investigated by Bryan police and the Texas Department of Family and Protective services.

Officials from both agencies said they could not provide details as to what happened because of the pending investigation.

Last week, Ronnie Hyde, who co-owns Camelot Learning Center with his wife, Cherye, said the caregiver assigned to Lincoln’s class had been placed on non-paid leave.

When reached for comment Monday, Cherye Hyde said the couple was advised by their attorney not to speak on the matter until it is legally resolved. She declined to identify their attorney.

Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons said his office is not involved at this point.  

Brad and Kristen Shumbera said they stayed in the hospital with Lincoln the entire time.

“He started being alert [Saturday], but still wasn’t quite himself,” Brad Shumbera said. “[Sunday] evening was the first time we felt like we had Lincoln back.”

They kept family and friends updated through Facebook and, Monday afternoon, Kristen Shumbera shared some good news, changing her status to “Homeward bound!!!”

By 7:30 p.m., the family, including Kristen Shumbera’s dad who came in from Florida to help out, had not only made it home safely, but had also survived a television news crew and a visit from an Eagle reporter and photographer.

Despite the traumatic week, Lincoln, who received 21 stitches to his head, appeared to be in good spirits and showed off his infectious smile while being passed between the arms of his parents and grandfather.

“Every parent brags about their kid,” Brad Shumbera said. “We’ve both been around a lot of kids. My wife is a kindergarten teacher and we have 17 nieces and nephews. Lincoln truly is the happiest baby we’ve ever been around.”

The Shumberas said Lincoln was already their “miracle baby,” considering they’d been trying to have a child for three years when Kristen Shumbera finally got pregnant.

Doctors said getting their infant son to the hospital so quickly helped save his life, Brad Shumbera said.

“It’s been a whirlwind of a week,” he said.

Last week, the Junior League of Bryan-College Station, of which Kristen Shumbera serves as vice president, called the couple to let them know people had been donating money and asking what they should do with it.

In response, Brad Shumbera set up a bank account through Prosperity Bank, and anyone who wishes to make donations can do so at any location under the name Lincoln Shumbera Recovery Fund.

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