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Shaken baby syndrome is a term given to the situation where an infant is abused by a carer (most commonly a de facto parent) causing broken bones, bleeding and swelling in the brain, hemorrhages in the eyes, bruises and other skin lesions, which can lead to permanent brain damage or death. Carers can face serious criminal charges for abusing the child, or murder charges for the death of the child. Some groups still believe that the condition can often be misdiagnosed, however, 1,200 – 1,400 incidences are registered every year, with 25% of them ending in death of the infant.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Monitor.com
About: Spate of shaken baby syndrome offences increases awareness
Date: 16 November 2005
Source: The Monitor.com
Author: Brittney Booth
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