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The father of a 3 month old baby who died due to consequences of a subdural hematoma is pleading not guilty to a charge of manslaughter for shaken baby syndrome. The man separated from his de facto partner before the birth of the baby girl and was left to mind her one day when the mother went to work. He rocked the baby vigorously in his arms when she wouldn't stop crying and dropped her from a height of one foot on to an inflatable chair. She later turned blue and was not responding; paramedics were not able to resuscitate her. Life support was turned off after a week and tests diagnosed a subdural hematoma that the defence is claiming is a chronic condition, most likely sustained from birth. The argument is that shaken baby syndrome is a commonly abused term against separated fathers.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Pittsburg Post-Gazette
About: Shaken baby syndrome de facto taken to court
Date: 29 June 2005
Source: Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Author: Jim McKinnon
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