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Shaken Science

March 21, 2015 permalink

The Washington Post has a long series on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Hundreds of cases have collapsed while thousands of convictions still stand. In spite of the change in scientific opinion, prosecutors continue to open new cases. Unfortunately, the web technology makes the article hard to read.

Addendum: Jackie Judd of PBS did a report on the same topic, YouTube and local copy (mp4) and transcript. The principal case is the death of Tristan, son of Andrew and Marielle Shortell in Maryland. The most revealing comment is at the end.

We asked MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Maryland’s Child Protective Services to comment on this story. Both declined to appear.

After doing something wrong, the first step in healing is admitting the mistake. Social workers hold their clients to this standard. But social service agencies deny their mistakes even after their failures are revealed.