The Boson Herald reported the tragic case of Nathan Wilson, a 6 month old boy in Massachusetts who died after being shaken for 10 seconds. Here's the link:
In addition to the article being significant because it reports a confirmed 10 second shaking episode followed by death, it is also a significant report because it indicates that the shaking was done to quiet down a cranky and fussy baby. Again, demonstrating the link between a crying baby and a reported shaken baby syndrome event.
The other significant part of the article is that the autopsy revealed subdural hemorrhage which was acute in part, 3-5 days old in part and more than a month old in part - indicating multiple, smaller preceding injuries to the brain before the 10 second shaking which preceded the death. It is very important in a tragic situation like this - meaning when there are multiple prior injuries - for Nathan Wilson's surviving family members and the authorities who are investigating his death to determine whether the baby had been exposed to any mandated reporters of child abuse (daycare providers, teachers, pediatricians, nurses, social workers, police, sheriff) who witnessed any signs of abuse (e.g. bruising, oral injuries, excessive vomiting, apparent life threatening events) and whether they reported any such signs to the responsible child welfare agency (CPS and/or the police/sheriff). The report of this death also signifies once again the significant temporal relationship between babies crying, babies being shaken for a short period of time (10 seconds) and the sudden onset of a decrease in neurologic functioning.
For more information on the physical effects of abusive head trauma or shaken baby syndrome in general, feel free to contact child injury and shaken baby syndrome lawyer Chris Keane. Accustomed to working with the best medical experts in the field during abusive head trauma cases, he will answer all your questions for free, provide you with helpful resources, and help you find the medical care your child needs. Shaken baby syndrome is a serious matter, and Chris Keane is devoted to making life better for its victims and their families.
Contact Chris Keane online or call 1-888-592-KIDS.