“Shaken baby syndrome” diagnosis facing growing legal challenges

The Boston Globe reports that the “shaken baby syndrome” diagnosis, also known as “abusive head trauma,” “is facing intense scrutiny around the country amid growing legal challenges to its reliability and underlying science.” Some defense attorneys “have seized on research that questions the links between shaken baby syndrome and certain types of brain injuries,” pointing “to specialists who say the brain and eye injuries strongly associated with the trauma can also be caused by accidents and a range of other conditions.”

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