Tuesday, December 17, 2013

False child abuse charges: Misinterpretation of injuries; An informative, compelling post by Justin J. McShane. (Must Read. HL);

STORY:  "False child abuse charge: Misinterpretation of injuries," by Justin J. McShane, published by "The truth about forensic science," on December 3, 2013.

GIST: "Can you imagine of being accused of child abuse? As a father of a five year old, I cannot imagine being accused of a worse crime. I love my daughter. To think that anyone would think that I would be capable of hurting her is so incredibly hurtful to me. She is innocent. Heck I feel like crying with her when she stubs her toe or skins her knee while playing. A false child abuse charge would destroy me to the core. We have blogged before on child abuse cases and in particular the context of Shaken Baby Syndrome. The news article features below tells a sad story of a child who was hurt, and people who wanted answers. Whenever a child is hurt, we naturally want to protect the child. We cannot adjust or mitigate our bias. It is hard for us to believe that there isn’t some monster at the core of it. This is a cautionary tale of understanding the power of our bias, and the need to make sure that we exhaust all of our forensic tools before we accuse. Undoubtedly, this innocent father’s life has been changed forever. A family may be ruined. A child will eventually grow up and read on the internet about her father’s indictment and the charges against him. We all need more and better training to make sure something like this does not happen again. There are many other conditions other than connective tissue disorder called Ehler’s Danlos, or EDS that can be mistaken for child abuse."

The entire post can be found at:http://www.thetruthaboutforensicscience.com/false-child-abuse-charge/


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