Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a medical term that encompasses a variety of brain injuries that occur when a baby or young child is vigorously shaken. When a baby is shaken, the brain moves within the skull, which results in swelling, bruising, and bleeding. The damage caused by SBS can potentially result in deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, poor coordination, epilepsy, learning problems, behavioral problems, and death.
Deaths and injuries related to SBS can be avoided by helping adult caregivers practice methods to soothe crying babies and learn how to securely relieve the stress of caring for them.
Proving Shaken Baby Cases
Since there are rarely witnesses to a violent shaking, shaken baby cases are often difficult to prove in court and rely on analyses of the injuries and recreations of what occurred. Moreover, the individual who is usually charged is the person who was caring for the child when the symptoms first became apparent. Biomechanical engineering and medical research also recently concluded that it may not be possible for a baby’s brain to sustain damage from shaking if the head did not impact against a hard object.
Since scientists do not know everything about the brain, it is crucial to hire an expert in this field if you are facing charges in a shaken baby case. A scientist or doctor who can provide a testimony on your behalf that is based on science rather than conjecture is crucial to defending yourself against these allegations.
Speak to an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney About Your Shaken Baby Case!
If you are facing charges in a shaken baby case, it is essential to hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to represent your case and protect your future. At the Law Office of Lorin Zaner, our skilled attorney has more than 40 years of experience and is backed by a history of successful results in defending clients against shaken baby allegations. You can rely on our attorney to provide the personalized attention and strategies you need to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Reach out to our law office today at (419) 741-4050 to set up a free initial case evaluation with our experienced criminal defense attorney to get started.