November 23, 2016
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), also known as Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), is a serious brain injury thought to result from forcefully shaking an infant or toddler. The symptoms of SBS or AHT are commonly referred to by doctors as the “triad of symptoms” or “constellation of symptoms” on which a diagnosis of SBS or AHT is based. While the “triad” or “constellation” of symptoms seems to have changed over the past few years, they commonly refer to retinal hemorrhaging (bleeding in the back of the eye), subdural hematoma (pooling of blood between the brain and its outermost covering), and cerebral edema (swelling of the brain). Based upon the presence of one or more of these symptoms in an infant or toddler, the last person to care for the child, often a parent or caretaker, is charged with Child Abuse, or, if the child dies, Murder in the First Degree by Child Abuse.
The proponents of SBS/AHT believe that shaking is the only mechanism that can cause one or more of the “triad of symptoms.” The issue with SBS/AHT is that the science supporting the theory has been debunked. Despite this fact, people are still prosecuted based on this bad medical science.
Numerous scientific studies show that other mechanisms, such as short falls, repeated injuries to a child’s head over time, and abnormalities during the birthing process, can cause one or more of the symptoms in the “triad.”
Defending SBS/AHT Allegations in Criminal Cases
Defending SBS/AHT cases requires a thorough understanding of the science behind the theories, a network of experts to find the correct expert witnesses for each individual case, and a solid defense strategy. Rockett Law Office is proud to say that we have experience in defending these cases, an excellent understanding of the science and theories involved in these cases, and a network of experts and investigators ready to work as a team to help anyone charged with crimes involving allegations of SBS and/or ABH.
If you find yourself in the terribly unfortunate situation of being a victim of this bad science, we can help you. Call us at (405) 529-6005 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can work to help you. You can also contact us using the form below to get more information on how we can help in your case.
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