You will absolutely need all of the child’s medical records: family history, prenatal, birth, pediatric, EMT, ER, hospitalization, and follow-up; radiology on disk; and in fatal cases autopsy reports, autopsy photographs, slides, and tissue samples. For a handy checklist, see http://www.susancanthony.com/res/sbs/-pdf/medex.pdf
See A Brief History of SBS on this blog for the shortest of all possible summaries of the medical literature, or this academic treatment for the expanded version. For the book-length treatment, order a copy of The Forensic Unreliability of the Shaken Baby Syndrome, by trial attorney Randy Papetti.
In the fall of 2016, a Swedish agency charged with evaluating health technology and social services conducted a literature review and concluded that the scientific support for shaken baby theory is inadequate.
A number of people and organizations offer information and help to those wrongfully accused of shaking or slamming an infant.
- The Innocence Network maintains a professional resource library for attorneys handling these cases. Contact Katherine Judson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Law journal articles
- Books for attorneys
- The Forensic Unreliability of the Shaken Baby Syndrome, by trial attorney Randy Papetti, reviews both the medical literature and the legal evolution of shaking theory
- Flawed Convictions: “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and the Inertia of Injustice, by Prof. Deborah Tuerkheimer, examines the legal basis of these convictions
- At least two attorneys with SBS experience offer professional support to defense attorneys new to the arena
- Traumatic shaking: The role of the triad in medical investigations of suspected traumatic shaking, a systematic review – a study by a Swedish government body concluding that shaking theory lacks scientific underpinnings
- Shaken Baby Syndrome: Medico-Legal Miscommunication and the Derailing of Justice, my summary of the medical literature that reaches the same conclusion
- Analyses of SBS theory by emergency medicine specialist and forensic practitioner Steven Gabaeff, MD
- Evidence-Based Medicine and Shaken Baby Syndrome by Dr. Mark Donohoe, a 2003 literature review that applied the standards of evidence-based medicine and found the early literature lacking
- For a collection of documents summarizing the medical literature regarding various aspects of shaken baby theory, leave a message below. If you tell me you do not want the comment posted, I will not clear it for viewing
Other Technical Resources
- Emeritus physics professor Richard Reimann has posted two visual aids:
- The group Protecting Innocent Families, Inc. has created this basic fact sheet about shaken baby, SBSFactSheet2016, which you are free to download and distribute. You can also join their call for change by signing their petition.
- If your case involves a premature infant, see the PowerPoint by Dr. Varsha Atul Shah in Singapore, advising that prematurity predisposes to both breathing problems and brain bleeds, http://www.slideshare.net/varshatul/prematurity.
- For a fascinating collection of PowerPoint presentations about child abuse evidence in the courtroom, see http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/npcae/presentations/
- Dr. Michael Innes has approved posting on this blog his papers on scurvy imitating child abuse, liver dysfunction imitating child abuse, and the debunking of shaken baby theory
Support for Accused Families
- Shaken: What to Do If You’re Wrongly Accused, by Susan C. Anthony, who also publishes her literature review of shaking theory
- A private Facebook group for affected families, Shaken Baby Syndrome: Potentially Pandemic Medical Misdiagnosis
- Tw0 public Facebook groups
- Support Organizations
- Educational Organizations
- British resources:
- Exonerated parent Heather Toomey offers help with custody issues in shaking cases
- The False Allegations Support Organisation helps guide parents accused of any kind of abuse
- Parents Accused, a private solicitor, specializes in defending parents against false accusations
- The 5percenters offer help to parents accused of infant shaking
- Why Can’t Uncle Come Home?, a first-rate children’s book about having a relative in jail
- Tales of exoneration
- Journey With “Justice,” by Dan Schrock, the grueling story of his daughter’s conviction for the death of her own daughter.
If you know an innocent person still in prison for a shaking conviction, consider looking up your regional Innocence Project, as some projects, but not all, are now reviewing SBS cases for possible appeal. Inundated with requests, they will require a lot of documentation before considering your case. The initial application normally needs to come from the inmate.
- The Innocence Network web site lists its regional members, at http://www.innocencenetwork.org/members
- Germany hosts an international innocence organization, at http://www.iippi.org/
For a collection of news stories that raise questions about shaken baby theory, please see https://protectinginnocentfamilies.wordpress.com/news/
Best wishes to us all.