Shaken Baby Syndrome Accusations A Modern Day Witch Hunt

 

Abuse of children is a real problem. People who commit the crime deserve the full fury of law. However, it is very important that evidence based science instead of the old SBS dogma be used in distinguishing cases where abuse actually occurs as opposed to trauma occurring for other reasons. In the Li’s case, 5 months after the passing away of their beloved daughter Annie, and still in deep bereavement over the loss of their beloved child, Hangbin and Ying were incarcerated, not knowing why.

Last month (October), which is almost 5 years after their initial incarceration, Hangbin was offered a plea bargain which was really tempting. This poor young man was offered the choice of immediate freedom at the price of his innocence. The mental torture he suffered was inhumane. “To be or not to be, that is the question.” He called family members, supporters and friends for advice. He asked me and my wife: “If I were your son, what would you tell me?” We cried. Oh God, what this man has suffered I would not wish my worst enemy to go through.

Finally, Hangbin made a decision. While he almost ended up accepting the offer, a sudden idea struck him. As a victim of false SBS allegations, he felt that no one else should suffer as he did. From various literatures, he had learned that the number of people who have been wrongly accused of SBS is far more than he imagined. He started to ask himself these questions: Does this (false allegation/conviction) have to go on and on? Why do I have to admit to something I did not do? Do innocent people have to be accused and convicted of something they have not done and do nothing about it? On top of that, he has already lost Annie; he can’t afford to lose Ying and his second daughter Angela (he will be deported when the court releases him if he admits to any charge against him). They are the love of his life.

Baby Annie was born with mutated gene and had spent her first few days in the NICU. In a DNA test done on Annie’s tissue a couple of months back, defective gene relating to OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta) had been detected. “ It would be important to understand other inherited conditions in Annie’s family that might have created a situation that looked like shaken baby syndrome but was in fact, attributed to something else,” said Dr. Sessions Cole, director of newborn medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

If one would just spend some time researching the SBS literature and talk to the wrongly accused in depth, he/she will be taken aback at the absurdity of the triad based SBS assumptions which the prosecutors resorted to in the conviction of many parents/caregivers. You can’t help but ask one question again and again: Given the wide array of solid scientific research that questions the validity of SBS theory, why does the judicial system still choose to turn a deaf ear to evidence based science? Even former supporters of the SBS theory such as the renowned Dr. Norman Guthkelch and Dr. Patrick Barnes, are now advising caution before choosing a SBS diagnosis. Dr. Guthkelch is credited with founding the syndrome in 1971.

How can the criminal justice system and law enforcement officers, hold high the banner of justice on one hand, but on the other, refuse to look at truth? How many ears must one law officer have before he can hear innocent people cry? How many wrongful imprisonments will it take till he knows that too many people have been falsely convicted? This is a very serious question that every concerned citizen should think about. The protection of children is a measure of society’s progress. There are people who abuse children. They should be given the gravest penalty that the law allows. But do we have the right to punish the innocent just because we know that there are heinous child abusers out there so that scarifying the innocent can be justified in the name of protecting children? A humanistic society should not allow that.

We need a rigid diagnostic protocol to be applied to SBS cases to prevent medical professionals from jumping to conclusions as soon as they see the 3 symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. Dr. Guthkelch says it’s time to get all interested parties together to get them to agree on what can be said with scientific certainty about shaken baby syndrome. How much longer do we have to wait until this is accomplished? The sword of Damocles could fall on anyone as long as the triad based diagnosis is allowed to reign supreme.

 

Hangbin & Ying Li Rescue Committee/Michael Chu

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  1. November 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    The Shaken Baby Syndrome is a fabricated diagnosis expounded by those ignorant of the pathophysiology of haemostasis (blood clotting) and osteogenesis (bone formation). It is regrettable that the “Justice System”, which one would expect to have more sense, has been be-fooled into believing this malicious fabrication by some doctors who have sworn to “First do no harm”. The oath these doctors have taken evidently does not include the innocent mothers, fathers and care givers, they falsely accuse of injuring a child. Many are paid handsomely for their service to the Criminal Prosecution Service which is only to happy to secure a conviction.

    Hangbin and Ying Li are victims of Medical Ignorance and be-fooled Judiciary like thousands before them.

    Google Dr Michael D Innis and follow the leads or email – micinnis@bigpond.com

  2. November 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    When will there be accountability and training for these so called experts who are complicit in a corrupt judicial and criminal justice system who are taking the easy way to clearing the court room rather than investigating a case until it is solved without a doubt. Innocent people are incarcerated while guilty go free to do another crime the next day.

  3. November 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Reblogged this on JUSTICE FOR RAYMOND and commented:
    When will we EVER find a solution to corrupt justice and criminal death investigation systems?

    • November 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you for reblogging this article. I would encourage our readers to also take time to view the site Justice For Raymond!

      • November 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        Thank you.

  4. November 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for posting this story. Another criminal court more guilty than the victims who come into the system.

  5. November 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    My 38 year old daughter was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. It is a very rare disease. By Vic’s 3rd birthday she had fractured 41 bones in her little body. It was very difficult – our neighbors and doctors were convinced that we were abusing our child. Ignorance could easily had led to wrongful prosecution…

    • November 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      You were most fortunate to have had your daughters condition diagnosed correctly. Not having this would have led to years of pursuing justice as well as caused great risk to your daughters well being due to lack of proper treatment.

  6. December 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you for documenting this, appreciate the effort.

  7. poppy
    February 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Hiw do you get the courts and dhs to check a child after he has been ripped out of the parents arms this has just happened to our daughter her son was taken away 3 weeks ago due to over 14 fractures he is only 2 months old andfrom what we have read here and on other sites it is very possible he has a bone disease the d.a. said he has had a bine fractured every three days of his life but showed no signs of being hurt now both my daughter and her boyfreind are in jail for something i think is a accident

    • February 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Poppy. First of all you need to retain a lawyer that is experienced in child protection issues as well as infantile bone disease and the mimics of child abuse. He will be facing cross examination for medical experts and must know his subject. Also you will need to secure all your medical files from the pregnancy through present including all the skeletals and films. Thirdly you will need to have secondary medical experts review those files. I can assist you in getting experienced legal counsel as we are associated with some very good lawyers and I can also assist you in getting the medical experts you will need for a medical review. I am very sorry to hear that they are both in jail, but the best we can do is to ensure we are getting all these areas moving forward. Please let me know if I can assist you.

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