Those of you who follow shaken baby syndrome cases may have noticed, as I have, that SBS charges seem to fall disproportionately upon babysitters, including family members. However, this is strictly an anecdotal observation on my part, and I have no real data to back it up. But just ask Audrey Edmunds.
I’m sure this is a consequence of being a “lone caregiver” with no other adult witnesses who would be able to testify that the babysitter never abused the child. This is typical of SBS cases. If a child dies and presents SBS (triad) symptoms, the last person alone with the child is “automatically” charged.
If you’re not aware, Sue Luttner maintains an extraordinarily good blog about SBS – OnSBS.com. She has recently posted an article addressing the cases of five babysitters and their travails with the justice system and SBS charges – Mary Weaver, Kelly Kline, Ashley Howes, Suzanne Johnson, and Marina England.
Here is a link to that post: