This blog is based on 25 years of attending the conferences and following the medical literature on the subject of shaken baby syndrome, and 15 years of working with accused families and the professionals who defend them.
I am a technical writer who was drawn into the shaken baby arena by chance in 1996 and 1997. In a series of conversations with a friend as our children played in the park, I heard the story unfold as my friend’s adult niece Stephanie was accused and ultimately convicted of shaking an infant she was watching. At the end of the story, Stephanie went to prison, where she would miss her own son’s childhood.
Then Louise Woodward—the Boston nanny—hit the headlines and stayed there for a year. I started researching the medical thinking behind both convictions and reached an astonishing conclusion: Doctors working with a well accepted but unproven model of SBS are overdiagnosing shaking injuries, and sometimes identifying the wrong perpetrator.
I’m now wrapping up a book that explains how different standards and practices within the two professional communities—medicine and the law—have allowed an unproven theory to become courtroom fact. The tangle is now Gordian, as good people who’ve been working with the best of intentions must come to grips with possibly having been wrong. The victims of this tragedy are legion.
See, for example, the prologue to the book.
I am looking for a book agent, a publisher, or maybe just someone to help me with marketing after I self-publish. If you are interested, please be in touch.
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