Bixby Police: Shaken baby cases increase


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Updated: 10/10/2012 10:24 am Published: 10/09/2012 7:20 pm


The Bixby Police Department is seeing an increase in shaken baby cases.

Police tell FOX23, the numbers have nearly doubled this year.

Bixby Police Officer Rene Torres has responded to multiple calls involving shaken babies this year.

"We're seeing more than we might like," the officer told FOX23.

Torres would like to see none, but that's not the case. He's responded to at least two last year. It doubled this year. The last case, the infant was severely injured.

"A little bit of you gets left behind,” Torres told FOX23. “You remember the case you work. Some are more damaging than others."

Studies show Shaken Baby Syndrome is one of the leading causes of children's death in Oklahoma.

Matthew Eber, with Parent Child Center in Tulsa, says there are multiple reasons why the that abuse happens.

"It could be drugs or alcohol,” He told FOX23. “But a catalyst can always be someone who's tired. It's the middle of the night and your baby's been crying day after day after day. You just haven't slept and you just snap."

It's happened across the nation. 300 deaths involving a shaken baby were recorded this year. The center offers classes to help prevent those deaths.

Eber says it happens when you least expect it.

"It's the middle of the night someone's working three jobs,” said Eber. “The person says, "Oh, I'd never do that." Maybe they snap."

Eber and Torres want people to know there are options for help.

The Parent Child Center of Tulsa visits 1,500 families with newborns a month at local hospitals.

If you'd like to speak to them with about healthy ways to soothe your infant call
918-599-7999 or you can visit their web site for tips at 3seconds.org.

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Jeremy Praay - 10/10/2012 4:38 PM
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In order to determine if an infant has "Shaken Baby Syndrome" you first have to define what that means. Generally, it's defined as bleeding on the brain and in the eyes, and physicians, especially younger ones, have been taught that when you see those two symptoms, it's almost a certainty that the baby has been shaken. But is that true? Recently, the doctor widely considered to be "the father of shaken baby syndrome," Dr. A. Norman Guthkelch does not think that's the case. He has expressed his concerns that doctors are increasingly misdiagnosing "shaking" when infants die of natural causes. He said he is now "horrified" by the way his work is being used to convict the innocent with shaking. http://www.npr.org/2011/06/29/137471992/rethinking-shaken-baby-syndrome He is far from alone on this issue. One of the top infant neuropathologists in the world believes that half or more of all shaken baby cases that have gone to trial have resulted in wrongful convictions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1382290/At-half-parents-tried-shaken-baby-syndrome-wrongly-convicted-expert-warns.html These are not pseudo-scientists making far-reaching claims. This is the man who wrote the seminal paper, and a pathologist who has spent more than 30 years studying infant brains. Police and prosecutors need to be skeptical when a doctor informs them that a baby's injuries are "consistent with shaking" especially if there are no externally visible signs, nor other internal injuries to the child. A doctor's diagnosis is an opinion, and should be once small piece of a broad investigation. When I hear that these cases have doubled, I also wonder if more innocent people are being accused. http://lawreview.wustl.edu/in-print/the-next-innocence-project-shaken-baby-syndrome-and-the-criminal-courts/

Gladys Crump - 10/9/2012 8:50 PM
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People are under tremendous strain right now, jobs, money trying to pay bills, and the lives of infants has become cheapened now due to the pro-abortionist views shared by much of our country, as the president thinks so thinks the nation....babies lives are not worth much anymore, that is a fact. Sad situation the way people are hurting the most precious and helpless among us, GOD will not allow it to continue much longer, there will be a price for our wickedness, selfishness, cruelty and disregard for those small lives....
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