Shaken baby theory ‘remains viable’

Police and prosecutors say the theory behind shaken baby syndrome
has been “validated” by the Appeal Court, despite the
quashing of convictions of three people for harming or killing
their children.

The cases saw a theory put forward by consultant neuropathologist
Dr Jennian Geddes, who said the three typical injuries considered
to be diagnostic of the syndrome if found together could be caused
by factors other than significant shaking.

But judges said the established theory behind the syndrome had
“not been undermined in the manner envisaged” by
Geddes, and that each case should be considered on its own facts.

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