Flawed Convictions: 'Shaken Baby Syndrome' and the Inertia of Injustice: Introduction
The emergence of "Shaken Baby Syndrome" presents an object lesson in the dangers that lie at the intersection of science and criminal law. As often occurs in the context of scientific knowledge, understandings of SBS have evolved. We now know that the diagnostic triad — the three neurological symptoms once equated with guilt — does not itself prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an infant was abused nor that the last person with the baby was responsible for the baby’s condition.
Wrongly Imprisoned for Killing His Infant Daughter, a Father Could Go Free This Week
There was no doubt about the horror of the situation: A 4-month-old baby girl was dead. The question facing the jurors was less clear-cut: Was the tiny girl’s death accidental, or had she been murdered by her own father?
Former day care worker suing after conviction overturned in alleged shaken baby case
Nearly a year after a judge overturned the murder conviction of a former suburban day care worker accused of killing a newborn in her care, the woman is suing investigators for allegedly withholding evidence and fabricating scientific findings, according to court documents.
Jennifer Del Prete, 46, spent nearly a decade in prison after she was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2003 death of 14-month-old Isabella Zielinski. Authorities accused Del Prete of shaking the 4-month-old at the day care where Del Prete served as a caretaker. The baby died about 10 months later.
During her trial, a state medical expert testified that Isabella's injuries could have been inflicted only on the day she became unresponsive, ignoring evidence that the baby had suffered an unexplained brain injury days earlier.
A Freedom of Information request filed by journalism students at Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project uncovered a memo written by the lead Romeoville detective who worried that the pathologist who conducted the autopsy did not agree with the shaken baby syndrome theory.
Unfeeling US Agencies Confiscate Children from Indian Parents
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Young Indian couples travelling to the United States on short to mid-term job assignments are increasingly facing the menace of child confiscation by the country’s child protection agencies, who wrongly accuse them of abuse. The “child abuse” is determined using the controversial Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) indicator, the veracity of which is contested.
Former day care worker suing after conviction overturned in alleged shaken baby case
Nearly a year after a judge overturned the murder conviction of a former suburban day care worker accused of killing a newborn in her care, the woman is suing investigators for allegedly withholding evidence and fabricating scientific findings, according to court documents.
Mother Blamed for Baby’s Vaccine Injuries – Baby Adopted Out as Parents Face Jail
In December 2013, in the State of Florida, Ms. Rebecca Wood gave birth to Javoni, a seven-pound baby boy with mild infant jaundice. Doctors assured her that jaundice was relatively common in newborns and told her that he would recover from the condition in a few days.
Although his health initially improved, his health deteriorated significantly within hours of receiving a series of routine vaccinations just eight weeks later. Rebecca explained:
"Immediately after his two-month routine vaccinations, my son became very ill. He had constant diarrhea. Diarrhea after vaccinations is not uncommon; however, his diarrhea continued for days. We took him to the emergency room, concerned since his diarrhea had not stopped. They transferred him to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital due to elevated temperature and ultimately he was admitted. They did various blood tests and gave him antibiotics. The diarrhea continued. He was released from the hospital after three nights with antibiotics. We followed up with his pediatrician’s office because we were still concerned that the diarrhea had not stopped. He also was not gaining any weight. The doctors did not appear to be very concerned. One evening, Javoni was coughing non-stop. I called the after-hours nurse and they advised that he sleep in his bouncer. He started spitting up more than normal. Once again, [we took] a trip to the pediatrician and their solution was to provide him with Zantac for possible acid reflux."
The former Alamosa resident who was serving a 20-year prison sentence for felony child abuse causing death in connection with her 19-month-old son’s 2003 death has been granted a new trial. After considering testimony during a hearing on a post-conviction relief motion more than a year ago and subsequent arguments from prosecution and defense attorneys, Chief District Judge Pattie Swift this week vacated Voss’ conviction and sentence and ruled that Voss should be granted a new trial.
The child died from injuries inside an Inkster motel room back in April. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office determined that there was not enough evidence to proceed with the case. The child's death was determined to be an accident.
Shaken-baby defendant, freed but facing retrial, pleads guilty to assault
In a stunning turnaround, René Bailey, whose 2001 shaken-baby murder conviction was overturned in a landmark legal decision, accepted legal responsibility Monday for the death of the toddler for whom she had been caring. Bailey, facing a September retrial on second-degree murder charges, instead negotiated a deal under which she pleaded guilty Monday morning to first-degree assault. In so doing, she agreed that the government would be able to prove that she had caused the injuries that led to the 2001 death of 2½-year-old Brittany Sheets.
In the decade since her conviction, her attorneys say, many experts have studied the physics and biomechanics of shaken-baby syndrome and have concluded that shaking alone could not have produced Natalie's injuries without leaving other evidence of abuse.
Among those now questioning the diagnosis is Dr Robert Huntington, the forensic pathologist who examined Natalie's body and whose testimony helped put Edmunds away.
If the trial were held today, Huntington said recently: "I'd say she died of a head injury, and I don't know when it happened. There's room for reasonable doubt."
Three-and-a-half decades after the term was first used, there seems to be no middle ground in the debate.
"It doesn't exist," contends Dr John Plunkett. "You can't cause the injuries said to be caused by shaking."
California Mom Fights to Get Child Back Removed from Hospital at Birth
To Melinda, the baby represented a new beginning, a way to right all the wrongs and trauma and abuse she herself had endured as the survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, sex trafficking and a previously stillborn birth. She swore to break the cycle of abuse and to give everything she never had as a child to her newborn baby. She was never given that chance. Shortly after Melinda finished successfully breastfeeding the baby for the very first time, CPS removed the newborn from her custody. She never left the hospital with her baby. The charges were domestic violence, medical marijuana use and allegedly low birth weight. Except Melinda had a note from her obstetrician recommending the use of medical marijuana due to low appetite, and the labor was induced early, which contributed to the low birth weight.
Acilis Silica-Rich Mineral Water by Spritzer Can Help to Reduce Body Burden of Aluminum
(May help reduce the effects of vaccination injury)
Aluminium is everywhere, in the air, our food and tap water.
We are all exposed in our everyday lives to aluminium in our diet, the air we breathe, our tap water, as well as some cosmetics and medications, says Professor Chris Exley, a world authority on the connection between aluminium and silicon.
A number of studies have demonstrated a positive effect of silicon in drinking water in protecting against contaminates like aluminium as part of everyday modern living.
Research carried out by Keele University’s Aluminium and Silcon Research Group led by Professor Exley, has shown that drinking 1 litre a day of silica water can significantly reduce the level of aluminium in the body.
The Professor and his team area using ACILIS by Spritzer silica water from Malaysia (because of its high level of silica) in clinical trials to evaluate the effects of removing aluminium from the human body.
View our youtube film featuring Prof Christopher Exley, of Keele University, explaining how silica water can help remove neurotoxic aluminium from our body.
A 7-Pound Premature Baby Died After Receiving 8 Vaccine Doses, Her Death Was Blamed On Co-Sleeping Instead Of The Toxic Vaccines
The pathologist’s opinion was that Aysia died from positional asphyxiation related to co-sleeping and being born prematurely, without having to prove this is what she died from. There was no mention on her autopsy report that she had been recently vaccinated.
Aysia’s parents, Hope Doucet and Joseph Clark, were informed the burden of proof was shifted onto them, to prove Aysia died from the vaccines and that it would be nearly impossible to receive any compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
What really is Shaken Baby Syndrome? Is it for real?
An older article but well worth the read for those of you who have been falsely accused
Additionally from the world of biomechanics and anthropometry we learn that in an infant the head is a disproportionately large amount of mass as compared to a human with massively underdeveloped neck musculature to support its weight or orientation. This is why we are all taught to hold a baby’s head when picking it up or the head will flop causing injury to the neck. Such is the case with SBS. If it is an alleged SBS situation, the delicate area of a baby’s neck would definitively present to the examining physician with unmistakable signs of trauma.
Additionally, if there is a lack neck injury then there is also less then demonstrable evidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome as the head and the musculature around the neck of an infant is the most vulnerable area involved with babies.
Nurse Vaccinated With Flu Shot During Pregnancy Accused of Shaken Baby Syndrome
One nurse who decided to receive the recommended vaccinations during pregnancy has regretted her decision ever since. Laura Maclean told Health Impact News that, as advised by her employers, she decided to be vaccinated with the DTaP, a vaccination for diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), and the flu vaccine, during pregnancy. Laura says she has regretted this decision ever since. She told Health Impact News that her son Dylan was a sickly baby from birth and he was diagnosed with acid reflux at four weeks. However, what happened the following week will haunt her forever.
Dr. Squier Wins Appeal but Banned from Telling the Truth in Court about Shaken Baby Syndrome
However, despite winning her appeal, as expected, there was a catch, and although Dr. Squier’s name was returned to the medical register, she has been prevented from giving evidence as an expert witness for another three years, which many believe was her punishment for standing up to the establishment.
University of Michigan Law School Awarded $250K to Learn How to Defend Shaken Baby Syndrome Cases
The University of Michigan’s Innocence Clinic, part of the University’s law school, has just been awarded $250,000 to fight wrongful shaken baby syndrome convictions. The Associated Press is reporting that the grant came from the Department of Justice.
Challenges to shaken-baby syndrome met with disdain, disregard Image by Serge Bertasius Photography
As reflected in the recent Supreme Judicial Court decision regarding the case of Oswelt Millien, legal and medical professionals are beginning to migrate away from endorsing shaken-baby syndrome. Old and recent analysis reveals that scientific evidence to support shaken-baby syndrome is lacking.
Texas court halts execution of man in 'shaken baby' death case
image by Danilo Rizzuti freedigitalphotos.net
A Texas man scheduled to be put to death next week for murdering his 2-year-old daughter has been granted a stay of execution after his lawyers argued his conviction stemmed from "junk science" about shaken baby syndrome.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday halted the planned June 21 execution of Robert Roberson and sent his case back to a trial court. It based its decision on a recent state law that permits legal challenges citing new scientific evidence potentially pointing to wrongful convictions.
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Opens the Legal Door to Retry All Shaken Baby Syndrome Convictions
As the medical profession continues to debate the merits of “Shaken baby syndrome” (SBS), the American judicial system is increasingly determining that the evidence against SBS is strong enough to prevent convictions in a court of law, where the standard is “reasonable doubt.”
Shaken Baby Syndrome Expert and World Renowned Neuropathologist Banned from Practicing Medicine
On March 14, 2016, Health Impact News published a report describing how the General Medical Council (GMC) had found neuropathologist and defense witness, Dr. Waney Squier, guilty of misleading her peers, being irresponsible, dishonest and bringing the reputation of the medical profession into disrepute.
An Interesting Blog Written for Parents and Professionals Written by Barrister Jacqui Gillatt
Children in Law
Children in Law is the great grandchild of a collection of websites and blogs I have written and run in the past 15+ years about children and the law in the UK. I couldn’t find a website which covered what I needed so I decided to write it myself and have carried on ever since. I’ve now brought everything under one roof – you will find articles written for lawyers and non-lawyers, blogs, links to other useful resources and links to my other web publications. I can’t give advice to individuals but if you email me a question I will do my best to post something which helps.
We are sad to announce the death of Dr. Harold Buttram who died last month aged 90
Dr. Buttram worked for many years helping parents around the world. He will be sadly missed.
10th February 2016
First Ever UK Showing of the US Documentary
29th February 2016 in London
The film makers describe The Syndrome as “an explosive documentary following the crusade of a group of doctors, scientists, and legal scholars who have uncovered that “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a child abuse theory responsible for hundreds of prosecutions each year in the US, is not scientifically valid.
Please say a prayer for all of those without their children this Christmas. For them this is the most difficult time of the whole year and they need your love, your thoughts and more importantly your prayers at this difficult time. xxx
17th December 2015
Press Release Age of Autism
New Book: Vaccination Policy and the U.K. Government: The Untold Truth
Vaccination Policy and the U.K. Government: The Untold Truth
By Research Journalist Christina England and Lucija Tomljenovic, PhD
What do Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP), Gulf War Syndrome and shady vaccination policies have to do with the United Kingdom (UK) government? Using a wide selection of studies, papers and documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, two highly regarded vaccine researchers have uncovered how, by prioritizing vaccination policy over vaccine safety, the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), the Department of Health (DH), the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) and the Ministry of Defence may have damaged the health of millions of people worldwide.
Written in two sections, LucijaTomljenovic, PhD, and Christina England have discussed important issues that they believe could be affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of families around the world.
In part one, England discussed the history of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP), looking carefully at the questionable research behind the label. Using exhaustive research, she has outlined a detailed history of MSBP, why its diagnosis appears to be given to families with vaccine-injured children and why the medical profession chooses to blame parents instead of admitting the truth about vaccines. Using government documents, England has disclosed evidence that suggests professionals behind the false diagnosis are linked to the pharmaceutical industry and the vaccination programs.
For the first time ever, Ms. England has given the facts surrounding her own case of false diagnosis of MSBP, exposing the truth on how the medical profession and child protection agencies are failing to read crucial medical evidence and paperwork, which, in many cases, leads them to accuse innocent parents of abusing their children. England has discussed openly her own feelings about being falsely accused and how the accusation has affected her family.
Dr. Tomljenovic and England together have disclosed information surrounding vaccination policy and outlined in detail, using the UK government’s own paperwork, how they strongly believe the UK government has failed in their duty to protect the public by choosing vaccination policy over vaccine safety.
Both researchers have identified which vaccinations were given to Gulf War veterans and exposed critical paperwork suggesting that the soldiers were being given vaccinations that were previously untested on humans. The pair have asked why the UK government felt the necessity to vaccinate their armed forces with vaccinations that were untested and, therefore, potentially unsafe.
The team has also highlighted evidence suggesting that many of the leading experts who are sanctioning vaccinations in the UK have strong conflicts of interest and ties to the pharmaceutical industry. They have also shown how vaccinations that have been discontinued for use in the UK due to safety issues are still keeping the UK licence and can therefore be advertised as safe for use in developing countries.
LucijaTomljenovic has presented documentation which appears to show that the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) has made continuous efforts over many years to withhold critical data from parents and health practitioners on severe adverse reactions and contraindications to vaccinations in order to reach overall vaccination rates which the JCVI deemed necessary for “herd immunity,” a vaccination concept which does not rest on solid scientific evidence.
Dr. Michael Innis, in the foreword for the book, wrote:
“This is a profound, engaging and inspirational account of what has been done and what needs to be done to restore confidence in the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry.
The medical profession’s credibility is shown to be compromised by the fanciful diagnosis MSBP (Munchausen syndrome by proxy), a diagnosis invented by Professor Sir Roy Meadow and given to a parent or caregiver to describe certain aspects of their behaviour such as requesting “unnecessary”painful tests or medical interventions to gain the attention of the medical profession. This scandalous accusation has been levied on hundreds of innocent parents.
Also addressed by the authors is the Vaccine Cover-Up,in how the MMR vaccine Pluserix banned in Canada was introduced to the UK under a new name. Four years later, it was removed from the market in the UK, after thousands of children developed life-threatening adverse reactions.
The authors have provided a treasury of facts and figures, exposing all that is undesirable in the current medico-pharmacological environment.
Michael D Innis MBBS; DTM&H; FRCPA; FRC Path”
To learn the shocking details contained in these hidden documents, purchase this book today and discover the untold truth.
Shaken Baby Syndrome or Death by Vaccine? Doctor Speaks Out
More and more innocent men and women are being falsely accused of committing shaken baby syndrome and later jailed for murder after a vaccine injury has occurred.
Unfortunately, an alarming number of medical and law enforcement professionals are quick to accuse caregivers of shaking their infants so hard that they have caused them to suffer from shaken baby syndrome (SBS), defined by a triad of serious brain injuries that can also be attributed to vaccine adverse reactions.
Hessick Quoted on Controversy Surrounding Shaken Baby Syndrome Diagnosis
September 15, 2015, Professor Carissa Hessick was interview by Fox13 News about the controversy surrounding the changing diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome and the impacts on prosecutions. “Shaken Baby Syndrome has become very controversial in the legal field,” said Carissa Byrne Hassick, a law professor at the University of Utah.
“There’s no doubt that child abuse is a real problem in this country,” Hassick explained. “But it’s also pretty clear, however, the experts who were originally being advised, they’ve since come to the conclusion that there’s a lot more at play here than originally thought.”
Why Shaken Baby Syndrome is Dividing the Medical World
The question at the center of the larger controversy is whether the “triad” of telltale signs — brain swelling, bleeding on the surface of the brain, and retinal hemorrhages — could at times be the result of factors other than shaking, such as infections and even strokes in utero, reports the New York Times.
Attorneys Being Trained to Fight Bogus Child Abuse Charges used in Medical Kidnappings
Health Impact News Editor Comments
Incidences of innocent parents being accused of medical abuse from
“abusive head trauma” (AHT), formerly known as shaken baby syndrome
(SBS), are being reported more and more in the media these days. We have
reported several of these stories here at MedicalKidnap.com, where
babies are removed from the custody of their parents based on the
testimony of a doctor. In some cases, the parents are going to jail over
Four Boys in South Carolina Medically Kidnapped When Parents Ask for Second Opinion
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A parent’s worst nightmare happened on July 10, 2015 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. That unexpected knock on the door came for the Headley family. According to mom, Danielle Headley, the reality was much worse than a knock on the door.
In the early morning hours on July 10, 2015, the Spartanburg County Police walked right in the front door of the Headley’s home while Danielle and her four boys were sleeping.
Six Month-Old Baby Dies Just Five Days After Receiving 13 Vaccines
Parents Accused of Neglect
Imagine being emotionally blackmailed by your doctor to have your baby vaccinated with a lethal cocktail of 13 vaccines, which included two doses of the DTaP, three doses of the oral rotavirus vaccine and two doses of the polio vaccination. It sounds impossible, doesn’t it? http://vactruth.com/2015/04/23/baby-dies-after-13-vaccines/
31st March 2015
National Liberty Alliance: Class Action Suit Against CPS/APS
Mainstream Media Finally Exposing Shaken Baby Syndrome As False Diagnosis - How Many Innocent Parents Have Suffered?
Two major mainstream media sites (Washington Post and PBS) ran reports on the injustice of false Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnoses this past week. Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) diagnoses have been used for many years now to falsely accuse parents of shaking their babies, with the result of parents either losing custody of their children to Child Protection Agencies, or parents being wrongly convicted of murder and being sent to prison.
On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Michigan father Joshua Burns will be sentenced to 1-10 years in prison for allegedly shaking his daughter Naomi so hard that he caused her to suffer from subdural and retinal haemorrhages.
He was convicted and found guilty of a second degree felony charge, on the single testimony of a child abuse doctor, Dr. Bethany Mohr, who allegedly stood alone against a myriad of peer-reviewed studies and reports, which, according to the family, were barred from ever being heard in court.
Child Abuse Case Sparks Raging Debate About Shaken Baby Syndrome
CINCINNATI (Deborah Dixon) -- A raging debate in child abuse cases is getting louder. It has to do with “shaken baby syndrome,” and the traumatic brain injury it can cause. A few say it doesn't exist at all. Video helped convict 19-year-old Dakota Doss of Child Endangering for shaking the 8-month-old daughter of his girlfriend. Doss says he did it because she choked on formula.
Defense Witness Disputes Physician's Findings in Baby Death Case
Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, 31, of Selinsgrove, is accused of shaking his son so severely on Oct. 28, 2013, it caused a brain injury and numerous retinal hemorrhages, according to commonwealth witness, Dr. Paul Bellino, a Geisinger Medical Center physician who specializes in child abuse cases
Contradicting Bellino’s testimony, defense witness John G. Galaznik, an expert in pediatrics from Alabama who has a special interest in physical injury, said he found no evidence of shaken baby syndrome and said the infant’s injury could have occurred three to seven days earlier than the prosecution claims.
List of Medical Kidnappings Happening now in America
The role of parenting itself is now criminalized accoss America. where parents who make informed, concious medical decisions in the best interest of their children are subjected to armed goverment medical kidnappimgs of their children.
Aluminum in Vaccinations Found to be Linked to Infanile Rickets and SBS
One of the truly tragic situations we are seeing today among infants suffering from vaccine damage is the prevalence of vaccine-induced rickets. The typical symptoms of an infant suffering from vaccine-induced rickets are often misdiagnosed as being caused by parents abusing their babies by shaking them too hard. In these cases, the family suffers twice: first by the damage to their child caused by vaccines, and then by the medical and social welfare systems who blame the parents and take away their children.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A judge has found an Iowa man not guilty of shaking and injuring his newborn baby, sharply criticizing a doctor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for mishandling the investigation into the child's injuries.
Prosecutors failed to prove former Davenport resident Peter Ranke abused the 3-week-old child, whose injuries to the brain and bones may have been caused by other medical conditions, District Judge John Telleen ruled.
"Frankly, I have some serious doubt whether a crime was even committed here," Telleen said from the bench in October after overseeing the trial, finding Ranke not guilty of child endangerment charges. A transcript was included in a written decision this month dismissing the case against Ranke, now 31 and living in Chicago.
JACKSON, Miss. — The state Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Mississippi man convicted by testimony citing the now-disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Justices concluded the trial judge wrongly denied LeeVester Brown's request for the funds to hire an expert to review the autopsy conducted by Dr. Steven Hayne, who concluded the child's death was a homicide consistent with the syndrome. Brown is now serving a life without parole sentence.
December 5, 2014, the court decided against returning Max Summers, a fifteen year-old with Lyme disease, to his parents, and instead decided that should he should remain in the care of the state. If this were not bad enough, his father, Greg Eckenrode, reported on his Facebook page that the youngster has been barred from ANY AND ALL contact with his mother, who, according to Greg has been Max’s 24/7 caregiver since his condition became critical 3.5 years ago.
Infantile Rickets False Accusations of Child Abuse and Vaccines
Child abuse is a terrible thing. But as evidenced by the work of a select few, including Dr. David Ayoub, thousands of child abuse cases may in fact be misdiagnosed cases of rickets, caused by either vitamin D deficiency or aluminum adjuvants in vaccines, or both.
Vitamin D deficiency is a hidden problem that can actually cause bones to appear as if they've been broken on an x-ray, which is a sure diagnosis of abuse to the inexperienced eye.
This is the other side of the child abuse drama, and I believe it is critical for this information to become more widely known. Being better informed about how infantile rickets mimics cases of child abuse can help prevent traumatic injustice to parents who really have done nothing wrong, besides listening to and trusting conventional medical advice, which still does not place sufficient weight on the importance of vitamin D.
13th December 2014 A child abuse case
involving shaken baby syndrome
We have reported many families’ stories of medical kidnappings here on MedicalKidnap.com. For every story we tell, there are probably 10 more we cannot get to and publish. In almost all of these cases there has been massive abuse of power exerted by medical doctors, CPS social workers, and family court judges.
But this story from Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) shows a new level of alleged corruption: CPS caseworkers and a family court judge actually withholding evidence from medical personnel that would have shown their seizure of a child was not justified. Instead, they allegedly relied on a non-medical professional, a CPS caseworker, to take children away from their family based on their own unprofessional medical opinions, ignoring doctor’s advice to the contrary, and even allegedly suppressing that evidence in court.
Not Guilty How The System Failed Patricia Stallings
This is an old story but it demonstrates how the out dated system, which is still in use today, continues to fail parents again and again.
On the morning of Jan 31, 1991, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney George B. McElroy III, a handsome Texan with silvering hair, stood in a small second-floor courtroom in Hillsboro and spoke eloquently of a baby's murder, a mother's guilt and a community's cry for justice.
Don't speculate that 5-month-old Ryan Stallings died of natural causes, McElroy told the jury. "You might as well speculate that some little man from mars came down and shot him full of some mysterious bacteria."
The dispute over shaken baby syndrome is a bitter civil war. On one side, doctors, lawyers and other experts say the diagnosis is key to winning convictions of people accused of the most horrible acts of child abuse. Opponents say the diagnosis is used too freely and that sometimes, innocent people go to prison.
Norman Guthkelch, the pediatric neurosurgeon who is credited with first observing the condition in young children, is speaking out for the first time about his concerns regarding how that diagnosis is used. He worries that it is too often applied by medical examiners and doctors without considering other possible causes for a child's death or injury. http://www.npr.org/2011/06/29/137471992/rethinking-shaken-baby-syndrome
5th December 2014
No Charges in 2012 Shaken Baby Case
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita declined an interview. So News 4 showed the autopsy report to former DA Frank Clark, who immediately said the injuries were not something the baby could sustain while sleeping.
Clark says the injuries reflect a typical shaken baby case. But he also pointed to healing fractures in the baby’s ribs, calling them “disturbing” and saying they could indicate prior injuries had been sustained. “When you see multiple healing fractures, that to me signifies abuse,” Clark said.
Clark explained why, if the parents won’t cooperate, why no one has been charged with the baby’s death. The DA can’t just charge them both, he said. “You have to show who did it. And if they are only two people in the house, and there’s no other evidence to point at one or the other, then you’re stuck,” Clark said.
While no one has been charged criminally in the case, family court has taken action against the couple.
Child Protective Services have taken Michael and Siobhan’s other child, a young girl, and put her in the custody of Michael’s parents, Doug & Lynn Clifford. The elder Cliffords are hoping the judge doesn’t place the little girl back into the home where baby Michael was killed.
Three Healthy Breastfed Home Birthed Babies Stolen By CPS
All three of their babies have been taken away from them and placed in the care of strangers. Levi was 10 months old when his mother, local singer and songwriter Erica May Rengo, gave birth to his twin brother and sister, at their home in Bellingham, Washington.
“Our birth was glorious,” she said, and the twins were reportedly healthy, full-term babies, who had no problem quickly figuring out how to breastfeed. The little family was overjoyed, until CPS stepped in to “help.”
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: A Fake Psychiatric Disorder Used to Medically Kidnap Children
This little girl became paralysed after routine vaccines. Her desperate mother tried to find out why. She managed to gain four reports from experts stating she was vaccine damaged. To quieten the mother she was put into care. After several court cases and a huge fight she was returned to her loving family, only to die suddenly from her injuries at school when breathing tube became dislodged accidentally and no one noticed. http://medicalkidnap.com/…/munchausen-syndrome-by-proxy-a-…/ God bless little Ella Dis
3rd November 2014
Medical Kidnapping Business: Judges Skirting the Law for Federal Funds
You have just had armed law enforcement officials show up at your home
with CPS workers, demanding that you hand over your child. Terrified,
you ask, why?? A doctor has issued a complaint of "medical abuse." Then
you remember that you chose to fire your doctor and choose a new one.
Not able to resist armed law enforcement, you have no choice but to
watch them take your child away. You
quickly call an attorney, who sets up a court appearance where you can
appeal your case to a judge in family court. Unfortunately, the judge
seems unwilling to listen to your reasoning, and does not return your
child. Seem like a nightmare? This is a nightmare happening to hundreds
of families all across America. Why is this happening? Why do 99% of
cases like this brought before a judge in family court never allow the
child to return home? As one attorney states: "Can they really be right
that much of the time?" In this article we explain why family court
judges almost never return children to their parents, with actual
footage from a judge's training video on a government website, showing
how federal funding received for children who become wards of the state
over-ride parental rights.
4 Month Old Texas Baby Seized From Parents in Medical Dispute
The Texas mother of a four-month old baby girl writes, “I just want her back home in my arms and love and kiss on her! To hold her and never let go!” But it has been a month now since little Kathryn Blalock was literally taken out of her mother’s arms by CPS and the UMC Children’s Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, in what appears to be another medical kidnapping.
Man Charged With Murder Denied $100k in Legal Costs
The man, who lives in northern Manitoba, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 14-month-old foster son in November 2008. He found the developmentally delayed boy unresponsive in his crib and covered with vomit soon after giving him a bath and putting him to bed with a warm bottle. He called 911 and sought help, but despite efforts to revive the boy, he died the next day in hospital in Thompson.
17th August 2014 Lawyers argue evidence from separate case could help prove nanny's innocence
Lawyers for a nanny accused of killing a baby in Cambridge last year
argued Thursday that records from another pending infant death case
could help prove their client’s innocence.
David Meier, a lawyer for Aisling Brady McCarthy, told a Superior Court judge that a key prosecution witness in the case against his client also offered an opinion in the case of Geoffrey Wilson, a former MIT employee charged in 2010 with killing his 6-month-old son.
21st June 2014 Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Often A False Diagnosis Really Caused By Vaccines
Photo by Jolopono
Many doctors now acknowledge that the same symptoms that once were used to definitively conclude that SBS had taken place could actually be caused by other conditions, such as infections or bleeding disorders. There have also been findings that dispute that the assumption the shaking need necessarily be violent and intentional for these symptoms to take place.
And some experts believe that adverse reactions to vaccines, which can cause symptoms similar to SBS, are actually responsible for the deaths of some babies.
Challenges to 'Shaken Baby' Convictions Mounting photo by Arvind Balaraman
In January, a federal judge in Chicago issued a stunning ruling: Shaken baby syndrome as a cause of death has little to no scientific basis.
It’s not known what effect the ruling might have on other shaken baby cases, including at least one being appealed in Wisconsin. But one expert called it a “turning point” in the medical-legal debate over whether such injuries were intentionally caused.
7th May 2014 Matchim Not Guilty in Baby Shaking Case
Colin Matchim has been found not guilty in a shaken baby case from 2009 when the defence presented new medical evidence that showed Matchim's daughter's injuries could have been caused by something other than being shaken..
27th March 2014 Vaccine Induced Tissue Scurvy Globally Misdiagnosed As Child Abuse
The father of the child in our published photo was jailed for life for child abuse. Many of you looking at the terrible injuries on this small child will immediately assume, as did the doctors who examined him, that he was viciously attacked and it was right to jail his father.
Bulletin: Jennifer Del Prete: Illinois; Shaken baby syndrome case: Prosecutors have requested time to respond to her claim that prosecutors withheld key evidence that points to her innocence. Medill Justice Project. Bonus! Radley Balko discusses the Del Prete case in the context of Shaken Baby Syndrome and flawed science in the criminal courts. The Washington Post. http://smithforensic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/bulletin-jennifer-del-prete-illinois_22.html
22nd February 2014 Shaken Baby Syndrome And The Flawed Science In Our Criminal Courts
New research suggests that most humans aren’t capable of shaking an infant hard enough to produce the symptoms in SBS. It usually takes an accompanying blow to the head. And in about half to two-thirds of the 200 or so SBS cases prosecuted each year in the U.S., there are no outward signs of physical injury. Indeed, this is the reason SBS is such a convenient diagnosis. It allows prosecutors to charge a suspected abuser despite no outward signs of abuse.
Dustin Dubas currently on trial in York County Court for murdering his son, has today denied murder.
During opening arguments, the prosecution told the jury that Dubas was under stress and sleep deprived while caring for his son, as the child’s mother was at work. York County Attorney Candace Dick contends that Dubas was alone with the baby when the first signs of trauma were displayed (Jan. 21, 2011) and suggests a situation of Shaken Baby Syndrome. The symptoms, she argues, continued to grow worse until the baby began seizing several days later and had to be rushed to the Omaha intensive care unit.
The defense, however, has argued two points. First, they suggest that the child’s medical condition was a pre-existing situation and was not the result of abuse. They also argue that if this was a situation of abuse, there is no proof to say with certainty who may have committed that abuse.