In Indiana, a 15-week-old baby recently suffered severe head injuries and required hospitalization after her stepfather shook multiple times to stop her from crying, according to JC Online. Court documents state that baby Chloe Schulz was placed in ICU for the treatment of retinal hemorrhages and blood on her brain. Though a police representative stated that Chloe's chance of survival, "we hope, is good," permanent damage from shaken baby syndrome is currently unknown. What is known is that the girl's injuries are serious: an affidavit states that her eyes were crossed and her mouth was foaming when she arrived via helicopter at the hospital. Her stepfather reportedly admitted to shaking her after getting frustrated with her crying, although he initially denied having shaken the baby. At the Keane Law Firm, we hope for the full and fast recovery of young Chloe, and we express our deepest sympathies to her family at this difficult time.
The symptoms and effects of shaken baby syndrome (also called abusive head trauma) are serious and can result in permanent or even fatal injuries. If you believe that your child may be suffering from abusive head trauma, seek medical care for your child immediately. Symptoms are not always evident at first, so do not wait for them to manifest before taking action.
If you have questions regarding shaken baby syndrome, contact child injury lawyer Chris Keane online or by phone at 1-888-592-KIDS.