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Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Controversy surrounds Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnoses

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Every year, approximately 1,200 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome are reported around the country, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. But in recent years, the diagnoses has been met with skepticism. Some in the medical community contend its symptoms also match other types of injuries, ones that don’t necessarily stem from abuse. “Shaken Baby … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Controversy surrounds Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnoses

Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome Questioned In Court Cases

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — After 17 years in prison for an infant’s death at her San Diego daycare center, Suzanne Johnson is in the forefront of legal challenges to “shaken baby syndrome” as courts catch up with medical advances in understanding the mechanisms of childhood brain trauma. A judge last month agreed Johnson deserved to … Continue reading Houston Shaking Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome Questioned In Court Cases

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: World Renowned Neuropathologist has Career Destroyed for Disproving Shaken Baby Syndrome

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the General Medical Council (GMC) found UK pediatric neuropathologist and expert defense witness, Dr. Waney Squier, guilty of “misleading her peers, being irresponsible, dishonest and bringing the reputation of the medical profession into disrepute.” In a nutshell, she was found guilty of disagreeing with the medical establishment over the “science” … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: World Renowned Neuropathologist has Career Destroyed for Disproving Shaken Baby Syndrome

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Finally, a Judge Calls Shaken Baby Diagnosis An “Article of Faith”

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

  Almost a decade into a 20-year prison sentence for murdering a baby in her care, 43-year-old Jennifer Del Prete was ordered freed on bond late last week. The ruling is one of a growing number that reflect skepticism on the part of judges, juries, and even prosecutors about criminal convictions based on the medical … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Finally, a Judge Calls Shaken Baby Diagnosis An “Article of Faith”

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Greg Abbott Death Watch & Shaken Science

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photograph Provided The Austin Chronicle. To have his federal habeas attorneys tell it, Robert Roberson is “dim-witted” and “mentally ill.” The 49-year-old, sentenced to death in 2003 for the 2002 death of his 2-year-old daughter Nikki Curtis, was a “drug abusing petty criminal with a long family history of serious mental health issues,” attorneys James … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Greg Abbott Death Watch & Shaken Science

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Many Experts Have Discredited Shaking Baby Syndrome. So Why Is Maria Mendez Still In Prison?

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo Provided By LA Weekly. Shortly before Christmas 2006, as she told authorities, one moment her strapping, 22-pound, 9-month-old grandson was on the sofa at her home in South L.A. while she straightened up and prepared snacks for four of her children — who would soon be home from McKinley Elementary School and a nearby … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Many Experts Have Discredited Shaking Baby Syndrome. So Why Is Maria Mendez Still In Prison?

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: A Diagnosis Reconsidered

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

For decades, when a child appeared in an emergency room with unexplained head injuries and a disturbing set of symptoms, many doctors assumed one thing to be the cause: violent shaking and potential child abuse. But, in recent years, the diagnosis of what’s known as Shaken Baby Syndrome has come under intense scrutiny, and so … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: A Diagnosis Reconsidered

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides The Medical World

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Video provided by NYT. Perhaps no crime staggers the mind, or turns the stomach, more than the murder of a baby, and so it is not a surprise when law enforcement comes down hard on the presumed killers. Often enough, these are men and women accused of having succumbed to sudden rage or simmering frustration … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Shaking Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides The Medical World

Houston Criminal Defense: Austin Scrambles With Fallout of Closed DNA Lab

Posted on August 3, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Texas Tribune. For over a month after the Austin Police Department had to abruptly shut down its DNA testing lab, it remains uncertain whether any criminal convictions will be thrown out due to of improper testing. In the meantime, the city has arranged interim lab arrangements and is attempting to cut down … Continue reading Houston Criminal Defense: Austin Scrambles With Fallout of Closed DNA Lab

Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Photo provided by Philip Caruso Story.  Six years ago, in a tidy home day care on the edge of a cornfield, with angel figurines in the flower beds and an American flag over the driveway, 9-month-old Trevor Ulrich stopped breathing. He had contusions on his scalp and bleeding on the surface of his swollen brain. … Continue reading Houston Shaken Baby Defense: Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis