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Infant's organ donation helps mother cope with son's death

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 9/04/2013 12:31 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Jen Pennington only had 5 months with her son, Kaiden.

“He never sat up on his own or crawled. He never got to say his first words,” she said. “And to think that somebody would harm such an innocent pure child a baby is just is sickening.”

Their short time together ended Monday. Kaiden was declared brain dead on Saturday but was kept on life support until Monday in order to set up organ donations.

“I had to say goodbye to my son,” she said. “I had to hold him for the last time and leave the hospital.”

Before work Thursday, Pennington saw her little boy smiling on his swing. She left Anthony Casey -- a family friend of eight years -- to baby-sit him.

“It's one thing everybody said was he was a good dad and great with kids and that’s why it’s so hard to understand,” she said. “My whole family is in disbelief.”

Later that day, Kaiden was taken to the hospital with a black eye, wounds all over his body, old rib fractures and a bulge on his head. His injuries were consistent with child abuse.

Casey, 31, was arrested after a standoff early Friday in the 5200 block of Souvenir Lane, near Lindell Road and Hacienda Avenue. His charges were upgraded to open murder on Monday.

Kaiden's 6-year old sister described her brother as looking like he was going to die.

“I feel like both of my kids were taken, and that my daughter’s life will never be the same,” she said.

Pennington says she's trying to bring some life out of death through donating his organs.

“A part of Kaiden will live another 80 years, will walk around for 80 years because of him,” she said. “It makes this unbearable situation a tiny bit more bearable.”


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