The following is a collection of external links to topics relating to the Burns’s case and issues of CPS abuse and Medical Kidnapping.
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Shaken Baby Syndrome:
- Finally, a Judge Calls Shaken Baby Diagnosis an “Article of Faith” Too few convictions have been overturned since SBS/AHT has finally been revealed as “more an article of faith than a proposition of science.” Read what else Judge Matthew Kennelly and other legal experts have to say in this stunning article by Deborah Tuerkheimer, law professor and author of Flawed Convictions: Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Inertia of Injustice.
- The Washington Post 3/20/15: Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis
- The Washington Post 2/21/14: Shaken baby syndrome’ and the flawed science in our criminal courts
- PBS: Shaken Baby Syndrome (video): A Diagnosis Challenged
- PBS News Hour 3/23/15 (video): When babies die, a disputed diagnosis sends parents to prison for abuse
- Medical Ethics Concerns In Physical Child Abuse Investigations: A Critical Perspective
- Another Step Away from Bad Science – a Review of the History and Science of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” in People v. Rene Bailey The bad science and history of SBS are revealed in this article by Jill Paperno of the National Association for Public Defenders.
- NPR: Rethinking Shaken Baby Syndrome
- NPR: Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis
- NPR: Son Questions Mother’s Shaken Baby Conviction
- NPR: The Child Cases: Guilty Until Proved Innocent
- NPR: The Child Cases: Lessons From Canada
- Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma: A Complicated Child Welfare Issue: Attorneys and MDs outline numerous arguments from medical literature illuminating whether SBS/AHT can be determined reliably for legal purposes based solely on a cluster of non-specific medical findings.
- Interview with Dr. Patrick Barns, one of our defense experts, on a case similar to Naomi’s.
- On SBS Blog After learning that her friend’s adult niece was accused and ultimately convicted of shaking an infant in her care, Sue Luttner set out to find the truth. Read what she discovered on this blog and in her forthcoming book that details how “different standards and practices within the two professional communities – medicine and law – have allowed an unproven theory to become courtroom fact.”
- Film: The Syndrome Investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith’s explosive documentary focuses on a team of doctors who “expose the junk science behind an unprecedented criminal justice crisis.”
- In Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services, former CPS worker Carlos Morales writes, “As an investigator for CPS, I did not help children; I hurt them. I did not protect families; I helped ruin them. I did not work to benefit society; I helped corrupt it.” These shocking words and more by someone who was on the inside reveal the truth about this corrupt organization.
- It Happened to Audrey details Audrey Edmunds’ terrifying story about being falsely accused of SBS, losing her husband and children, and spending 13 years behind bars fighting for freedom before finally being exonerated.
- Flawed Convictions: Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Inertia of Injustice by Deborah Tuerkheimer. In this new book, law professor Deborah Tuerkheimer explains how the understanding of SBS/AHT has evolved and that “the diagnostic triad alone does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an infant was abused or that the last person with the baby was responsible for the baby’s condition.” Tuerkheimer also exposes the “extraordinary failings in the criminal justice system’s treatment of what is, in essence, a medical diagnosis of murder.”
- Edges of Truth: The Mary Weaver Story tells the story of Mary Weaver, who was found guilty of murdering a baby in her care in January 1993 and finally exonerated in March 1997, after being allowed to present new evidence at her third trial. More about Mary Weaver’s legal battle and other SBS exonerations can be found at The National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School.