Picture of abused Oregon toddler goes viral

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A picture of an Oregon toddler, allegedly bruised by his babysitter, has gone viral. (WPVI)

A picture of an Oregon toddler, allegedly bruised by his babysitter, has gone viral.

Alicia Quinney left her 1-year-old son Jacob in the care of a family friend for about 2 hours back in March.

Shes says when she returned home, Jacob had a black eye, and bruises on his arm and back.

The babysitter admitted to police to hitting Jacob, but he was not arrested.

Police say, a 2012 ruling makes it difficult to prove "substantial pain" in child abuse cases, because the victim can not speak on his or her own behalf.

The family took to social media posting pictures, and their frustrations.

"It's not fair and I want my son to have justice, and I want everybody else who is dealing with this to be able to come forward and be the voice for the people that need help," said Quinney.

A petition has been set up asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overturn the 2012 ruling.
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