Susan C. Anthony

Shaken Baby Syndrome Links and Resources

Significant controversy exists in the medical community regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome / Abusive Head Trauma (SBS / AHT). The diagnosis is actively promoted by a relatively small group of doctors who insist that baby-shaking is quite common and seriously underreported. Another relatively small group of doctors questions the very validity of the diagnosis, saying too little is known about infant brains, timing, and mechanisms of injury to infer causation from symptoms beyond a reasonable doubt.

The vast majority of doctors fall in the middle. They assume that what they were taught in med school is true and see no reason to critically examine the issue until they personally confront a troubling case. Truth is not determined by the number of people who believe something.

Child abuse is real and heartbreaking, but not everyone accused is guilty. Depriving innocent children of an innocent parent is child abuse perpetrated by the State. If the "science" of Shaken Baby Syndrome is not itself "beyond a reasonable doubt", neither are accusations and convictions based upon it. It is critical to get it right.

Proponents of the diagnosis say confessions in the literature prove that their assumptions are correct. How can the confession of one person prove the guilt of a different person who does not confess? Some things that are "consistent with" guilt are equally consistent with innocence if viewed from a different perspective. Probabilities and statistics have absolutely no relevance in an individual case.

It can be challenging to parse facts from assumptions, presumptions, opinions and beliefs, but it is necessary. Justice should be the mutual goal of everyone.

Here are a few links for those wishing to investigate further. Sue Luttner's blog has a large number of links to additional information. 

Source:, ┬ęSusan C. Anthony