Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is when an infant is shaken so violently or repeatedly that it causes him or her to suffer severe injuries such as swelling of the brain, brain damage, blindness, detached retina and internal bleeding. Many times SBS leads to the untimely death of a baby.
While this is a tragic occurrence, in some cases a child care provider, family member or even parents are wrongly accused of causing SBS in their child. Many other factors can attribute to a head injury. Accidental falls and other incidents that the accused may not have even been a part of are just some of the many other factors that can lead to a traumatic injury to a child. SBS cannot just be the sole condition to point fingers at.
If you or a family member has been charged with child abuse or child homicide involving shaken baby syndrome (SBS), it is imperative that you seek experienced and aggressive criminal defense representation as soon as possible. Child homicide cases are highly publicized, and unfortunately, defendants are often judged wrongly by the media.
At Berry Law Firm, our attorneys work with the right medical experts who do not rush to judgment, but instead examine other potential factors in the child’s death. SBS may not have been the cause, and the state’s expert likely did not explore alternate hypotheses. Even though a criminal defendant is presumed innocent at trial, he is rarely presumed innocent during an investigation involving the death of a child. In shaken baby syndrome cases, having the right defense team is critical.
It is easy for the prosecution to assume and attribute the sudden death of an infant to shaken baby syndrome (SBS), as the symptoms are common to many other injuries or conditions: vomiting, nausea, lethargy, trouble breathing, bluish color and convulsions/seizures, just to name a few. The prosecution must prove that the child died of SBS if that is what they alleged your actions caused.
In the case of a child homicide charge, you are looking at a potential sentence of life in prison. This is certainly something that our attorneys do not take lightly and will do everything they can to seek an acquittal. This includes gathering evidence and expert testimony to help build a case against the prosecution’s theory that the child died of SBS.
To schedule a consultation with an Omaha child homicide defense attorney, contact Berry Law Firm. We serve clients throughout Nebraska from our offices in Lincoln and Omaha.