Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted

Since the death of Kassidy Bortner in 2000, much has been learned about childhood deaths, and about injuries to the heads of children, including by Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS).

The most famous Shaken Baby Syndrome case in New England was  the criminal case against nanny LOUISE WOODWARD (Wikipedia entry) in Massachusetts. Her initial conviction for second degree murder was overturned on appeal, and reduced to involuntary manslaughter.  Her sentence was reduced to her time already served in prison and she returned to her native England.

   Before her trial, she had taken a lie detector test, with a polygraph and passed.  The results were not admissible in court, but surely strengthened the resolve of her lawyers.

One of the best resources about the legal issues surrounding SBS is www.sbsdefense.com  which is maintained by attorney Toni Blake.

In 2007, 2009, and 2012 three law review articles were published about the reconsideration of SBS convictions:

"Shaken Baby Syndrome: Medical Uncertainty Casts Doubt on Convictions"   by Molly Gena, University of Wisconsin Law Review, 2007.

"The Next Innocence Project: Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Criminal Courts"  by Deborah Tuerkheimer in the Washington University Law Review, 2009

"Shaken Baby Syndrome, Abusive Head Trauma, and Actual Innocence: Getting It Right"  by Keith Findley, Patrick Barnes, David Moran and Waney Squier, 2012 in Houston Journal of Health and Policy. 

   This article challenges the scientific validity of Shaken Baby Syndrome, the belief in which has destroyed many families and sent many innocent people to prison.

In February, 2011, the New York Times published a story by Emily Bazelon, "Shaken-Baby Syndrome Faces New Questions in Court"  about the changing legal climate surrounding SBS. 

 

Articles relating to non-criminal explanations of symptoms and deaths of children.

"Children With Signs of Abuse - When is it not Child Abuse?"  by Martha E. Laposata and Dr. Michael Laposata.  American Journal of Clinical Pathology (2005)