Wednesday, January 7, 2015

René Bailey: New York District Attorney appeals reversal of shaken-baby conviction; Democrat and Chronicle.

STORY: "DA to appeal reversal of shaken-baby conviction,"  by reporter Cary Craig, published by the Democrat and Chronicle on January 7, 2015.

GIST: "The Monroe County District Attorney's Office will appeal the reversal of the conviction of René Bailey, an appeal that could set the stage for New York's most significant challenge to the science of so-called "shaken baby" deaths. Prosecutors could have opted to retry Bailey, who was convicted in 2002 of killing 21/2-year old Brittney Sheets. Bailey operated a home day care center in Greece and Brittney was a child in her care. County Court Judge James Piampiano in December ruled that the science used to convict Bailey has shifted significantly since her trial. She was accused of shaking Brittney so vigorously that she killed the child.  Piampiano ruled that the science on shaken-baby cases has significantly changed in the past 10 to 15 years, and that there is proof that falls can cause the injuries once believed to be emblematic of the violent shaking of a child. Bailey's attorneys have claimed that evidence shows Brittney likely fell before her death. Bailey, who is now free after the reversal of her conviction, is scheduled to return to court Thursday for prosecutors to announce their intentions." 

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