Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shaken baby syndrome: Medill Justice Project finds rate of SBS cases in Utah is among highest in nation.

POST: Rate of shaken baby cases in Utah among highest in nation, study cites multiple factors,"  by Elaine Taylor, published on December 10, 2013, by Utah Public Radio.

GIST: "Part of the reason the  (Medill) Justice (Northwestern University) Project decided to look into the issue is a change in how medical experts diagnose the syndrome. In the past, brain swelling, brain bleeding and bleeding in the eyes was enough for a diagnosis. “Previously, it was more or less an uncontested diagnosis. If the child showed all of these three symptoms…authorities would accuse the last caregiver of abusing the child because they believed that the symptoms were instant,” Schroeder said. “Recent medical studies have shown that the triad can be associated with accidental trauma, such as like when the child falls and other certain medical disorders and there’s also the issue that medical studies have shown that the onset of symptoms isn’t immediate.” The Justice Center is investigating claims of wrongful convictions in some shaken baby syndrome cases where there are questions regarding the conviction."

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