Monday, July 24, 2017

Shaken Baby Syndrome: Jesus Flores; James Lee Saltmarshall; Eugene Anthony Wright; Jovannee Reynolds; (Up-dates: Jennifer Del Prete; Stephanie Spurgeon); Shaking accusations gone wrong: Another excellent post by Sue Luttner (On SBS); It details a series of legal developments in the past few weeks highlights the devastating effects of misguided abuse diagnoses on innocent families.

POST: "Shaking accusations gone wrong," by Sue Luttner, published by 'On SBS' on July 21, 2107.

GIST:  A series of legal developments in the past few weeks highlights the devastating effects of misguided abuse diagnoses on innocent families: In Sacramento, California, father Jesus Flores was found innocent in June of shaking his son Mason, but despite the verdict, Mason is being adopted by another family. Flores lost parental rights during the years he spent in jail awaiting trial.........Another disturbing video was released last week in Detroit, showing a father’s pain at learning that his daughter had died—information he heard in open court when he was charged with her rape and murder. (On the page with the print coverage, scroll down to the second large graphic for the video.) James Lee Saltmarshall, 22, has now been released, after an autopsy disproved the medical findings that had triggered the charges against him.........In South Carolina, meanwhile, Wayne County dropped charges against an accused father who’d been in jail for two years—and indicted the babysitter instead. As summarized by reporter Angie Jackson in The Post and Courier: Eugene Anthony Wright, 49, was initially charged with homicide by child abuse. At the time of his daughter’s death, he was accused of slamming her to the floor in his Dorchester Gardens apartment in North Charleston. The Attorney General’s Office said after further investigation, it was determined that Wright could not have committed the crime and the charge has been dismissed..........In a long-lingering case in California, foster mother Jovannee Reynolds has been sentenced to four years of probation, after a plea bargain in which she “took responsibility” for the death seven years ago of a days-old baby named Mikayla who quit breathing in her care............(Up-dates:  The Medill Justice Project has published a poignant look at the effects of his mother’s incarceration on the son of child care provider Jennifer Del Prete, released in 2014, after a successful appeal of her 2005 conviction. A Florida court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Innocence Project of Florida on behalf of child care provider Stephanie Spurgeon, in prison on a manslaughter conviction in a shaking case. See the Tampa Bay Times coverage.) The above is but a summary. It is well worth reading  every word of Sue Luttner's description of each of these cases. (HL);

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