A new study has found that many people charged with child abuse for shaking babies and causing serious head injuries to children are "let off the hook" in court, according to MedIndia online. The article reports that Dr. Amanda Stephens examined the cases of 68 children who received treatment for shaken baby syndrome in the child protection unit at Sydney's Children's Hospital at Westmead. Upon examination of these cases, which occurred between 1997 and 2005, Dr. Stephens concluded that perpetrators are often "let off" due to the difficulty of identifying them. In her own words, "if you don't know who did it" and cannot "make that decision," it can be extremely difficult to determine "whether that child should be returned to the family" or removed from the family.
Shaken baby syndrome (abusive head trauma) cases can be extremely complicated, requiring the expertise of an experienced child abuse and shaken baby syndrome lawyer. There are unique focuses of child injury and abuse attorney Chris Keane that affect his success in shaken baby syndrome cases: first of all, he focuses his practice on representing children and only children in cases such as this (enabling him to work with the best medical experts in the field). Second, he represents injured children in civil cases of abuse or shaken baby syndrome, meaning that it is not necessary to prove that someone intentionally injured or shook a baby, but simply that they failed to care properly for the child.
If you have questions regarding a shaken baby syndrome incident, feel free to contact Chris Keane online or by phone at 1-888-592-KIDS, and he will consult with you for free regarding your specific situation and concerns.
Study Finds Low Prosecution Rates for Shaken Baby Cases