STORY: "Daniel Green gets 9 to 15 years in shaken baby case," by reporter Julie Manganis, published by the Salem News on September 24, 2015;
GIST: "A man who was found guilty last month of shaking and throwing his then-3-month-old infant son inside a Danvers motel room three years ago was sentenced to nine to 15 years in state prison Thursday. Daniel Green’s assault on the baby, now 3, left the child with what are expected to be lifelong cognitive issues and a 60 percent loss of vision, witnesses testified during Green’s trial... But Green’s family, and his attorney, Joseph Collins, insist it wasn’t Green who caused those injuries, and say they believe the extent of the injuries has been overstated. Both Collins and Green’s mother insisted that a video taken during a supervised visit with the boy at a Department of Children and Families show a child who is thriving. A foster mother who has raised the boy since he was removed from the custody of Green and his wife Samantha, testified that what was seen on the video was the result of months of daily work on basic skills... The case was a circumstantial one, with no witnesses, said Collins. The accusation, he argued to Ames, was out of character for Green. Instead, he called an expert witness who testified that the baby’s brain bleed and retinal hemorrhages were caused by a hereditary condition that caused excess fluid to gather on the outside of the brain, increasing pressure and triggering seizures. The state’s expert, Dr. Alice Newton, who was at Children’s Hospital at the time, rejected that, saying that the injuries were too severe to have been caused by a simple increase in pressure on the brain. She also noted bruises to the baby’s spine and spleen.......... Collins said Green, who maintains his innocence, had always acted appropriately with the infant, pointing to testimony from both his stepmother and a technician who had been in the motel room demonstrating a nebulizer hours before the baby was hospitalized. Collins also quoted from a transcript of Green’s interrogation by a state trooper, highlighting comments from that trooper alluding to Green being “a good person” who loved his kids. It was not clear whether the trooper was using an interrogation technique of empathizing with a suspect, however, or if he believed what he was saying...Collins also called a longtime family friend, Maria Carney of Salem, who took the stand to describe Green as a nurturing father. “You can see the love in his eyes the way he looked at his baby,” she testified."
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