A former registered nurse was recently sentenced to three years probation in connection with her adopted son's shaken baby syndrome injuries, according to the Muscatine Journal. Melanie Addington reportedly plead guilty in May to shaking her child in September of 2007 when he was only 2 months old, and at her sentencing hearing this month, emotions kept her from taking the stand. Speaking for Melanie, her father stated that she had spent much of her time as an R.N. in postnatal units before her dream of being a mother became reality. He added that she suffers from depression and other disorders and that she had been cutting herself and had attempted suicide since the tragic incident. As a result, the judge sentenced her to mental health treatment in addition to the three years probation and a $750 fine.
Although attorney Dana Christiansen acknowledged that the child's condition has improved, he asserted that the boy has not, by any means, experienced a "complete recovery," and he may face "significant physical challenges" throughout his childhood.
All children are at-risk of shaken baby syndrome, including those who have been adopted or whose parents work in health care environments. If you believe that your child or a child you know may be suffering from the condition, contact Chris Keane for free resources, information, and answers to questions regarding your unique situation. You may choose to contact the Keane Law Firm online or by phone at 1-888-592-KIDS.