Shaken Baby Law Lags Behind Science

A law professor and former prosecutor has called for a comprehensive study to determine the legitimacy of the shaken baby syndrome diagnosis.

Writing in the New York Times, Deborah Tuerkheimer of DePaul University notes some prosecutors still rely on outdated science to charge murder and felony assault of infants. Likewise, courts rarely grant new trials to persons imprisoned on the basis of discredited theories of how infant head injuries must occur.