Shaken Baby Syndrome Defense

Shaken baby Syndrome Defense

Oklahoma City Shaken Baby Syndrome Attorney

Collin W. Rockett is a Shaken Baby Syndrome defense lawyer in Oklahoma City, OK. Collin defends persons charged with Shaken Baby Syndrome, or abusive head trauma to a child. This charge is a serious matter that requires a criminal defense attorney with knowledge and experience to obtain a favorable outcome. Collin has experience in handling Shaken Baby Syndrome cases, and will advise you of the particular consequences, defenses, and options associated with your specific case.

What is Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma?

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.

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.

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 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we would work to defend your case.