Yet MORE Questions About Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

Much has been written in recent years about the doubts that have arisen over the veracity of traditional “shaken baby syndrome” (SBS) theory.  And not only has that drumbeat continued, but it has also intensified.

The media has been awakening to the injustices visited upon too many innocent infant caregivers by a justice system and a pediatric medical establishment that have brainwashed themselves into blind, unquestioning belief in a 40 year old unsubstantiated theory.

An example of this coverage is a recent SBS case in the San Francisco bay area. Read the CBS Channel 5 San Francisco story here.

Clearly, the US has lagged behind other developed countries in its recognition of the new scientific realities regarding SBS.  Canada has been much more proactive in revisiting old SBS convictions because of new scientific knowledge.  In light of the new scientific understandings, the Ontario government ordered a comprehensive review of all SBS convictions in 2008.  See stories from the Toronto Star here and here.

This EXCELLENT article by Radley Balko for The Washington Post addresses not only the new science but also the barriers our justice system erects that prevent correction of wrongful SBS convictions.

A big part of the problem in the “SBS wars” is that at least one side doesn’t “listen,” and true, objective science has been a neglected casualty – at least from the standpoint of the positions of many major players.  Both sides point the finger at the other, but my (editorial) view is that the entrenched SBS/triad advocates are desperately trying to “save face” by preserving 40 years of tragically incorrect dogma.  Admittedly somewhat humorous, here’s how I see a “discussion” between the pediatric medical establishment and anyone who questions their classical position on SBS and the “triad.”  Unfortunately, there’s nothing humorous about the reality of the situation.


4 responses to “Yet MORE Questions About Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

  1. Great illustration of the SBS debate, Phil. The last few years, they haven’t even allowed open-mike questions at the NCSBS conferences.

  2. Thank you, Phil.
    The Louise Woodward case brought SBS to the national spotlight. This occurred in February of 1997 here in MA. Brian’s trial began less than one month later just a short drive away. People were outraged. It was no wonder that over 70 people were interviewed in order to empanel a jury. Although he did not and does not have board certification in child abuse pediatrics, the court had qualified Dr. Eli Newberger as a child abuse expert. Dr. Newberger had no credentials in forensics or pathology. In his testimony, Dr. Newberger made a comparison of “injuries sustained from a fall from a second story onto concrete.” He did this for the sake of painting a graphic visual, and for dramatic effect with a sole purpose to enrage the public and the jury. He provided the same cookie-cutter reference when he again testified for the state in the Louise Woodward trial just months after Brian was convicted. In Brian’s case, there are many issues of concern: the unchallenged medical evidence, the unrecorded police interrogations; the uninvestigated history of the mother with regard to the child’s medical history and complaints of neglect by the (then) Department of Social Services; and all around ineffective legal representation both at trial and on appeal, all exploited by the media. We continue to seek help in all areas, medical, legal, investigative and media.

  3. Excellent article.

  4. The “Shaken Baby Syndrome ” Racket and the UK “Justice” System
    Shamefully some doctors and lawyers make a living by falsely accusing innocent carers of maliciously injuring a child even when the evidence clearly shows the infant died from “Tissue Scurvy” following an adverse vaccine reaction as was the case with Amelia Bowmar.
    I have reported this case to the General Medical Council but no action has been taken and the victim of the false accusation, Darryl Elliot is still in prison.
    On making equerries Darryl’s mother said,
    ” He is still in prison. They have applied for more funds from legal aid as they have said its a very complex case. We wont know if he has a case for appeal for a few months yet as they have said there is lots of paperwork to go through”
    So the Tax Payer funds both the doctors and the lawyers for what is obviously a false conviction seeing Amelia had all the physical and biochemical signs of Tissue Scurvy [1].
    How much longer is the UK government going to allow this Medico-Legal racket and associated injustice to its citizens to continue?
    As a citizen of the UK (and of Australia) I am entitled to an answer from the Attorney General.
    Michael D Innis MBBS; DTM&H; FRCPA; FRCPath
    1. Michael D Innis. Autoimmune Tissue Scurvy Misdiagnosed as Child Abuse. Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. X, No. X, 2013,

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