Friday, August 9, 2013

Child Abuse Defense News by David S. Marshall

Child Abuse Defense News by David S. Marshall
August 9, 2013
New developments in law, medicine, and psychology affecting child abuse cases. For additional news and information, visit

Caregivers Often Find Themselves in Quicksand, Article Says

Persons caring for infants later found to have brain injuries can get themselves in trouble when they make repeated efforts to provide useful information to doctors. The more times they search their recollections, the more they look guilty to investigators. So says a recent critique of Shaken Baby Syndrome. The article, "Shaken Baby Syndrome, Abusive Head Trauma, and Actual Innocence: Getting it Right," by Findley, Barnes, Moran, and Squier, appears in the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy.

A parent who brings a child for emergency medical attention will be asked to report what happened to the child. Since the parent is probably not medically trained, he won't know what facts are most important concerning a brain injury. He may omit relevant details. Adding details later, though, can lead to the parent's wrongful prosecution for child assault, according to the article. For the rest of this article, please click here.

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