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06-08-1994, 01:02 PM
I have a "baby-shaking" case. The prosecution is
going to say that the baby was in my client's care when the baby stopped
breathing (true). At the hospital, the red blood cell count was decreasing,
showing that the system had not yet stabilized, showing,
in turn, that the injury was "recent." An expert witness is going
to say that brain swelling was continuing when the baby was examined in the
hospital. The baby had no external injuries.

The prosecution is going to use these facts and testimony to conclude
that the baby was shaken by my client. I have strong reasons to
believe that the baby was NOT shaken by my client.

I want to understand the biomechanics and physiology of intracranial
injuries.
Some important questions relate to the time course
of the symptoms of brain damage.
Other important questions relate to the effects of various kinds
of mechanical insult. What is the danger threshold of acceleration
of the head? What physical events produce dangerous levels
of head acceleration?

My client, myself, and my colleagues will appreciate information, data,
and leads.

I will post a synopsis of all helpful replies.

Thanks.

Derek Hendry
dhendry@aol (510) 654-5538