By Christina England
February 14, 2011
In April 2009 Apple manufactured a new iPhone app. The app (or programme) was called the Baby Shaker. The phone showed an image of a baby wailing whilst imitating the sound of a small baby crying. To stop the baby crying the user was required to shake the phone violently until two red crosses appeared on the eyes of the baby. Organizations for Shaken Baby Syndrome were appalled and condemned Apple for even considering the manufacture of such a game. Apple apologized for this deeply offensive and disturbing game before quickly removing it from sale. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dLA7TnOVMM)
Apple however, is not the only organization to make light of the Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis. The criminal justice system do not seem to be taking Shaken Baby Syndrome seriously either. There has been reports that experts who give evidence in SBS cases are being sent home and discredited. In some instances courts are refusing to hear evidence if it differs from the mainstream hypothesis. This has been particularly evident in cases involving children with a vaccine injury. This total lack of regard is making a mockery of the legal justice system, giving parents and care givers accused of child abuse unfair trials.
The term Shaken Baby Syndrome describes the type of injury that is said to occur when a baby is shaken so violently that the babies brain bounces back and forth against the skull This causes the brain to bleed (subdural hemorrhages). Other bleeding said to occur is bleeding behind the eyes (retinal hemorrhages). It is estimated that approximately 1,300 U.S. children experience a severe or fatal head trauma from child abuse every year. (http://www.dontshake.org/sbs.php…)
On the 8th February 2011 news came to light of foul play involving SBS cases. Experts believe that attempts are being made to discredit them when they disagree with the prosecution evidence. According to several news reports, Dr Waney Squire a leading neuro-pathologist, claimed, that in the UK there has been attempts to remove experts from courts if they are willing to disagree with mainstream diagnosis in SBS cases. She and two other leading pathologists have accused Scotland Yard “of orchestrating a campaign to discredit them in “shaken baby” court cases.” She said that he has evidence to suggest that the Metropolitan police are in league with the Crown Prosecution Service and medical experts to infiltrate this.