Debunking Shaken Baby Syndrome
Since the 1980s, thousands of parents whose children have died have been charged with murder because a doctor testifies that they have violently shaken their baby. These “expert witnesses” would demonstrate in court by vigorously shaking a doll.
In 1986 Dr John Plunkett was one of the first to question the validity this syndrome.
a contradiction dawned on him: that while low-level falls involving contact with an unyielding surface were believed to be devoid of lethal potential, shaking a brain within a skull with no broken neck below it, was believed to be fatal, despite no skull contact with any surface.
His story has just been published at ScienceDirect:
A review of the life of John Plunkett (1947–2018)
If you are interested in learning more about Shaken Baby Syndrome, at the end of the article there is free access to the excellent…
2014 documentary film, The Syndrome, which describes the backstory of how wrongful convictions of child abuse have come about. It features Dr. Plunkett. This award-winning film by Meryl Goldsmith and Susan Goldsmith includes cases of children returned to their parents, including the re-united Bayne, Hyatt, Couffer and Stickney families.
For influencing so many, Dr. Plunkett received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from the Innocence Network.
I was surprised to learn that the central promotors of SBS had been previously involved in fueling the Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) panic a few years earlier.
Note that as the term Shaken Baby Syndrome is falling into disrepute, some doctors are starting to diagnose “abusive head trauma” (AHT) instead. The issues are the same.