Among all the studies and experts who have opinions regarding the pathophysiology and biomechanics of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, it is important to also keep track of what the people involved in the incident report occurring. In Australia, it was recently reported that a young father admitted to shaking his 17 days old infant in an attempt to quiet her because she was crying. It was reported that he became frustrated, shook her 3-4 times before she went limp and her lips turned blue. The father, to his credit, immediately called 911 and she was taken to the hospital where it was discovered she had catastrophic brain injuries. He reportedly "snapped" and was shaking her "vigorously". He reportedly pled guilty to manslaughter.
In addition to the clinical condition of a patient (BP, HR, RR, skin coloration), and whether or not the child has suffered an ALTE (apparent life threatening event), and diagnostic studies demonstrating known markers of SBS (the radiology studies demonstrating a bleed, retinal exams demonstrating retinal hemorrhage), it remains important to examine and consider what the actual eyewitnesses have to say about what occurred.
If you have questions or concerns about a child who has suffered shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma and either survived or died, feel free to contact shaken baby syndrome lawyer Christopher Keane and his firm by web contact form or toll-free 888-592-5437 (KIDS) for a free consultation.