Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome

Number 26246
Subject Health
Source The Medill Justice Project
State Illinois
Year 2013
Publication Date Feb. 12, 2013 - Dec. 12, 2013
Summary The Medill Justice Project, through the hard-hitting reporting of student journalists, has taken on a largely overlooked and misunderstood area of the criminal justice system: shaken-baby syndrome. Scores of mothers, fathers, day care workers and other caregivers throughout the United States are being accused of violently shaking children, despite an emotionally charged debate in medical circles about the accuracy of the diagnosis. Our relentless examination of this issue—through published investigative articles, breaking stories, fight for public records, motions in federal court, multimedia features and other stories—has provided a deeper, nuanced understanding of this complex subject. Our groundbreaking investigations into shaken-baby syndrome have uncovered revelatory information, influenced criminal justice proceedings, impacted public policy and challenged government agencies to abide by the First Amendment.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 82
Keywords shaken baby syndrome; babies; criminal justice; diagnosis;
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