Normally a defendant will face a mandatory five year minimum jail sentence for these charges. When the baby dies, the charge is murder or manslaughter and these jail sentences can be much longer. 20 to 40 years for third degree murder. Life imprisonment and even the death penalty for first degree murder.
Is shaken baby syndrome illegal?
Even if parents don’t intend to harm their child, criminal charges can still be brought against a parent that has caused their child injury or death due to shaking. Generally, although there are alternative viewpoints, the medical establishment considers shaken baby syndrome as a product of abuse.
What are the consequences of shaken baby syndrome?
Blindness or trouble seeing or hearing. Cerebral palsy, with muscle stiffness (spasticity) that results in awkward movements. Intellectual disabilities that can affect every area of a child’s life. For example, a child may have trouble learning to talk or may not be able to care for himself or herself in the future.
Can doctors tell if a baby has been shaken?
A diagnosis of SBS relies on a series of three symptoms called the “triad”: brain bleeding, retinal bleeding, and brain swelling. Physicians assumed that shaken babies would show immediate evidence of brain injury.
Can you survive shaken baby syndrome?
Even brief shaking of an infant can cause irreversible brain damage. Many children affected by shaken baby syndrome die. Survivors of shaken baby syndrome may require lifelong medical care for conditions such as: Partial or total blindness.
What can mimic shaken baby syndrome?
Collagen disorders such as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and others are recognized to make patients susceptible to bone fragility fractures, subdural hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage and bruising. Child abuse experts often dismiss collagen disorders, or never even test for or consider them.
How do they prove shaken baby syndrome?
To confirm a diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome, a doctor will: Ask about the child’s medical history, including when changes in behavior began. Do a physical exam to look for signs of injury and increased blood pressure. Do imaging tests such as a CT scan or an MRI to look for bleeding or other injury in the brain.
At what age does Shaken Baby Syndrome stop?
Shaken baby syndrome is more common in children under age 2, but it can affect children up to age 5.
How soon do Shaken Baby Syndrome appear?
Symptoms vary and are caused by generalized brain swelling secondary to trauma. They may appear immediately after the shaking and usually reach a peak within 4-6 hours.
Is it OK to bounce baby?
Gentle bouncing may be OK for older babies and toddlers, as long as it doesn’t scare or make her uncomfortable.
Who is most likely to shake a baby?
Canadian research has shown that the babies who are shaken are most often male and under six months of age. The research also identified biological fathers, stepfathers and male partners of biological mothers as more likely to shake an infant. Female babysitters and biological mothers are also known to shake babies.