Sunday, December 23, 2012

Kristian Aspelin: Dismissed case raises questions on shaken baby diagnosis. Reporter Joseph Shapiro. NPR. Must Read. HL.

STORY: "Dismissed case raises qurestions on shaken baby diagnosis," by reporter Joseph Shapiro, NPR News, published on December 21, 2012, on "All things Considered."

 GIST: "When San Francisco prosecutors dismissed charges against Kristian Aspelin in early December, it became just the latest case to raise questions about how shaken baby syndrome is diagnosed. Aspelin, who was accused of causing the death of his infant son, had one thing in his favor: He had enough money to pay for medical experts who cast doubt on the prosecution's theory.........The San Francisco medical examiner did an autopsy and found injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Aspelin was charged with felony assault of his son. Earlier this month, prosecutors quietly dropped the charges after Aspelin's attorney presented reports from six medical experts and a biomechanical engineer. Those defense experts explained how the child's death was consistent with the fall Aspelin described and argued there was a lack of evidence to suggest the child was deliberately injured.........Aspelin's attorney, Stuart Hanlon, agrees. "Innocent people get convicted, especially in these kind of cases," he says. "And we have to have a better way to protect people from false allegations of shaken baby."

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