A Marion, Ohio mother was charged today with murder in the unfortunate
death of her infant child. The child’s death was ruled a homicide
by Shaken Baby Syndrome. Details of the case remain forthcoming, however,
it is crucial to remember that SBS has come under considerable legal and
scientific scrutiny. Consequently, the charges levied against this young
mother must be, likewise, looked upon with the same scrutiny.
It is not possible to understand shaken baby cases without understanding
the history of Shaken Baby Syndrome. “Shaken Baby Syndrome”
was advanced and popularized in the early 1970s as a means of explaining
three medical findings: (1) subdural hemorrhage (i.e., bleeding between
the dura and the brain); (2) retinal hemorrhage and other eye findings;
and (3) cerebral edema (brain swelling). Together, these features are
commonly known as the “triad.” Although the SBS hypothesis
initially included signs of trauma (broken ribs, bruises, etc.), it was
soon applied to children who had no signs of trauma.
However, over the course of forty years of strong medical research and
courageous litigation by defense attorneys, the Shaken Baby Syndrome triad
has been broken down and is currently the subject of ongoing scrutiny,
research and inquiry. Unfortunately, law enforcement, social services
and even the medical community have not caught up completely with the
research that demonstrates that these types of injuries are not synonymous
with abuse. So, when faced with allegations of child abuse or even homicide
– as is this case of the young woman in Marion, Ohio -, which by
their very nature tear families apart, it is essential to protect yourself,
your family and your child from the ignorance of those who still cling
to that old Shaken Baby Syndrome triad when making allegations of child
abuse and death by SBS.
A conviction for murder or homicide can mean many years, decades or life
in prison, based upon the level of the charge – or in the most heinous
of cases, death by lethal injection. Some defendants charged with murder
or homicide may face the death penalty if convicted. A case that appears
open-and-shut, for example, may have very serious holes and flaws that
could be successfully exploited. You must take advantage of The Stone
Law Firm, LTD and its team of professional’s ability to evaluate
evidence and to craft a defense strategy to present to a jury.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime, the time to
speak with effective, proven counsel is now. At
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