Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and SIDS News related items
New Film Exposes Shaken Baby Syndrome Myth – Opponents Want to Silence it at Film FestivalsJune 4, 2015
A new film exposing the corruption behind much of the Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis used to remove children from the custody of their parents, and in some cases put parents behind bars, is currently making its way through the film festival circuit.
Read rest of story here: http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/03/11/new-film-exposes-shaken-baby-syndrome-myth-opponents-want-to-silence-it-at-film-festivals/
Finally, a Judge Calls Shaken Baby Diagnosis an “Article of Faith”May 1 2014
And frees Jennifer Del Prete, who was sentenced for murder 10 years ago.
Almost a decade into a 20-year prison sentence for murdering a baby in her care, 43-year-old Jennifer Del Prete was ordered freed on bond late last week. The ruling is one of a growing number that reflect skepticism on the part of judges, juries, and even prosecutors about criminal convictions based on the medical diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome. The case is also a critical turning point. The certainty that once surrounded shaken baby syndrome, or SBS, has been dissolving for years. The justice system is beginning to acknowledge this shift but should go further to re-examine and perhaps overturn more past convictions.
Read rest of story here: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/05/shaken_baby_syndrome_in_the_courts_a_judge_finally_calls_the_diagnosis_an.html
In the News: Patrick Barnes, MDFebruary 16, 2011
In the New York Times article, Dr. Barnes discusses the importance of considering predisposing or complicating medical conditions that can mimic the symptoms of and damage caused by shaken-baby syndrome. To read the full article, please access http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/magazine/06baby-t.html?_r=1.
Read rest of story here: http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2011/02/in-the-news-pat.html
Vaccine-Induced Tissue Scurvy Globally Misdiagnosed as Child AbuseMarch 19 2014
The father of the child in our published photo was jailed for life for child abuse. Many of you looking at the terrible injuries on this small child will immediately assume, as did the doctors who examined him, that he was viciously attacked and it was right to jail his father.
However, what if I told you that it was later proven that this child had in fact been suffering from Kawasaki disease, otherwise known as tissue scurvy, and that his father was innocent?
Read rest of story here: http://vactruth.com/2014/03/19/tissue-scurvy-not-child-abuse/
Epidemic of Infantile Rickets May Have Put Thousands of Innocent Parents in Jail for Child AbuseFebruary 16, 2014
By Dr. Mercola
Child abuse is a terrible thing. But as evidenced by the work of a select few, including Dr. David Ayoub, thousands of child abuse cases may in fact be misdiagnosed cases of rickets, caused by either vitamin D deficiency or aluminum adjuvants in vaccines, or both.
Vitamin D deficiency is a hidden problem that can actually cause bones to appear as if they've been broken on an x-ray, which is a sure diagnosis of abuse to the inexperienced eye.
This is the other side of the child abuse drama, and I believe it is critical for this information to become more widely known. Being better informed about how infantile rickets mimics cases of child abuse can help prevent traumatic injustice to parents who really have done nothing wrong, besides listening to and trusting conventional medical advice,
Read rest of story here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/16/infantile-rickets.aspx
Father sentenced to life in prison for 'murder' after daughter dies following MMR vaccineDecember 12, 2013
NaturalNews) A U.K. father has been sentenced to life in prison after being falsely accused of murdering his own daughter, who reportedly developed mysterious head injuries just one day after receiving the high-risk measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, more commonly known as MMR. Investigative journalist Christina England reports that the father was basically denied his right to defend himself with evidence and witnesses and instead just assumed by the court to have shaken his baby to death with no real proof to support these allegations or the final judgment.
Read rest of story here: http://www.naturalnews.com/043225_MMR_vaccine_infant_mortality_life_sentence.html
Five Month-Old Baby Dies Just Days After 8 Vaccinations – Parents Are Charged With Her MurderAug 17th, 2013
Parents in South Africa are facing life in prison for the murder of their baby girl who died just days after receiving routine vaccinations. Baby A had received all her vaccinations on time. On September 25, 2012, when she was aged just five months, her parents took her to their local clinic, where she received a total of eight vaccinations before being sent home.
Baby A’s mother told VacTruth that the vaccinations were administered extremely harshly, with the nurse appearing to stab their daughter viciously with a variety of needles. Baby A received eight vaccines in total, the five-in-one vaccine Pentaxim said to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) and polio; the hepatitis B vaccine; the rotavirus vaccine; and a vaccine said to protect babies against pneumocococcal and non-typeable haemophilus influenzae disease, Prenevar/Prenvar.
Read rest of story here: http://vactruth.com/2013/08/17/baby-dies-after-8-vaccines/
Challenging the Pathophysiologic Connection between Subdural Hematoma, Retinal Hemorrhage and Shaken Baby SyndromeWest J Emerg Med. 2011 May; 12(2): 144–158.
Child abuse experts use diagnostic findings of subdural hematoma and retinal hemorrhages as near-pathognomonic findings to diagnose shaken baby syndrome. This article reviews the origin of this link and casts serious doubt on the specificity of the pathophysiologic connection. The forces required to cause brain injury were derived from an experiment of high velocity impacts on monkeys, that generated forces far above those which might occur with a shaking mechanism. These forces, if present, would invariably cause neck trauma, which is conspicuously absent in most babies allegedly injured by shaking. Subdural hematoma may also be the result of common birth trauma, complicated by prenatal vitamin D deficiency, which also contributes to the appearance of long bone fractures commonly associated with child abuse. Retinal hemorrhage is a non-specific finding that occurs with many causes of increased intracranial pressure, including infection and hypoxic brain injury. The evidence challenging these connections should prompt emergency physicians and others who care for children to consider a broad differential diagnosis before settling on occult shaking as the de-facto cause. While childhood non-accidental trauma is certainly a serious problem, the wide exposure of this information may have the potential to exonerate some innocent care-givers who have been convicted, or may be accused, of child abuse.
Read rest of story here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3099599/
Old Cases, New Cases, Sad Cases, True CasesApril 8, 2013
An exasperating series of convictions and exonerations has reminded me both how big a price child-care providers are paying in this arena and how hard it is to pin down the facts about shaken baby syndrome.
Mary Weaver, Exonerated
If more people had been paying attention in the 1990s, for example, the story of 11-month-old Melissa Mathes would have been a valuable case study in both timing and mechanism.
On a January morning in 1993, care provider Mary Weaver called 911 for help when the infant Melissa fell unconscious about 45 minutes after arriving at her home. Autopsy revealed a healing skull fracture, but doctors concluded the girl had been shaken to death—and based on the common wisdom that the symptoms of a serious shaking are immediate and obvious, prosecutors targeted Weaver.
Read rest of story here: http://onsbs.com/2013/04/08/old-cases-new-cases-sad-cases-true-cases/
At least half of all parents tried over shaken baby syndrome have been wrongly convicted, expert warns30 April 2011
Eleven years ago, Lorraine Harris stood trial at Nottingham Crown Court charged with manslaughter. Although described as a woman of good character and a careful and caring mother, she was accused of shaking her four-month-old baby Patrick to death two years earlier.
Neuropathologist Dr Squier wrote a report for the prosecution saying that the child was the victim of shaken baby syndrome (SBS).
... ‘I now believe that half or even more of those who have been brought to trial in the past for SBS have been wrongly convicted. It is a frightening thought.’ It is indeed, and it is an extraordinary claim but one that should be taken seriously. Dr Squier, 63, is the most experienced paediatric neuropathologist in the country. She has spent 30 years researching baby brains and has a solid international reputation.
Read rest of story here: http://www.whale.to/a/at_least.html
Fractures believed to be child abuse may be metabolic bone diseaseMay 3, 2011
Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting 2011
New data suggest that metabolic bone disease, not child abuse, may be the cause of multiple unexplained fractures in some infants.
“Classic metaphyseal lesions, posterior rib fractures and fractures in different stages of healing are thought to be pathognomonic for child abuse,” researchers wrote. “However, we believe these findings can also be seen in metabolic bone disease of infancy.”
“Careful review of the X-rays with attention to the predisposing factors that can impair fetal and infant bone mineralization is critical to avoid an erroneous diagnosis of child abuse,” they wrote. “We do not believe that most [classical metaphyseal lesions] are fractures, but rather are regions of non-mineralized osteoid in healing [metabolic bone disease in infancy].”
Read rest of story here: http://endocrinetoday.com/view.aspx?rid=83202