Tuesday, August 28, 2012

In California, Foster dad pleads not guilty in Solano County | Shaken Baby Syndrome

Following an earlier order to stand trial on charges of murder and felony child abuse reportedly related to the death of an infant in 2010, a Suisun City foster father pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Solano County Superior Court.

After a four-day probable-cause hearing last month, Judge E. Bradley Nelson reportedly ruled that there was sufficient evidence to order Reginald Tanubagijo to stand trial in relation to the death of a 3-month-old boy in his care that he had named Buddy.

On Wednesday, Tanubagijo reportedly entered his not guilty pleas to both counts and a jury trial date was set for Oct. 10. The proceedings focused heavily on testimony from medical experts who opined that the baby's injuries were not consistent with an accidental fall.

A Suisun City police officer reportedly responded to Tanubagijo's Youngstown Lane home on Nov. 29, 2010, after hearing a medical dispatch for a baby choking on milk. After performing CPR, medical personnel transported the baby to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, where a CT scan revealed a possible head injury. Buddy was transported to Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland the following day and died after being taken off life support a week later.

Two experts reportedly called to testify by prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Terry Ray noted that the severe retinal hemorrhaging that doctors observed in the child's eyes was consistent with abusive head trauma, formerly known as shaken baby syndrome.

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