Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Michael Burell: Merced, Cal. Prosecutor says no charges will be brought against father in death of 7-month-old son; Fall could not be ruled out.

STORY: "Merced district attorney: No charges against father in death of 7-month-old son," published in the Sun-Star on March 27, 2012.

GIST: "The criminal case was launched after Children's Hospital Central California doctors who examined the child concluded the injuries were severe and could have been the result of shaken baby syndrome. On the flip side, Burell claimed his son suffered a head injury when he fell onto a hard plastic toy in the living room of the apartment where he lived. (District Attorney) Morse said a pathologist and a pediatrician, who were consulted in the investigation, were unable to rule out the possibility that such a fall, as Burell described, could have resulted in the brain injury that led to Jacob's death. "In speaking with the doctors in Jacob's case, they are unable to make a conclusive determination of the cause of his death," Morse said in a statement. "As a result, we cannot meet our ethical obligation as prosecutors, which requires we file a case only if we believe we have a reasonable likelihood of obtaining a conviction."



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