Prosecuting cases of suspected "shaken baby syndrome" - A review of current issues

Cathy Cobley, Tom Sanders, Philip Wheeler

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Abstract

In recent years there has been a significant increase in public and professional awareness of the incidence of "shaken baby syndrome" [SBS]. One of the key markers for the condition is the detection of a subdural haemorrhage [SDH] in an infant or young child. This article reports on the findings of recently completed research into the legal and social consequences which arise when children sustain a SDH and examines prosecuting practice and policy in such cases. It also examines recent guidance for police offices investigating cases of suspected SBS, identifies examples of good practice and highlights the need for training for all professionals within the criminal justice system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
JournalCriminal Law Review
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

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