Stow Infant May Be Victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome

The following information was supplied by the Stow Police Department.

A social worker at Akron Children’s Hospital contacted Stow Police on Sept. 15 to report a case of “possible shaken baby injuries” to a six-week-old Stow girl.

The infant, whose 25-year-old mother lives in the 4700 block of Waterford Circle, was at the hospital being treated for “a brain bleed.” The injury occurred sometime Sept. 14 through noon on Sept. 15.

The police report indicated that charges related to shaken baby injuries could include felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

However, police Lt. Anne Stirm said no charges have been filed to date and that the department cannot release information about possible suspects or the baby's current condition.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, subdural hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) is one of several characteristic injuries of shaken baby syndrome.

L. Lisle September 22, 2012 at 09:33 PM
How can anyone go through childbirth and carry a baby for 9 months and hurt it. Do not understand this. So many people want children and cannot have them. Children are precious gifts from God.
Tonya September 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM
If this is Steiner's work again at what point do we find his opinion invalid when he never sees a patient who wasn't "abused?"
Jeremy Praay September 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Let me guess. Dr. R. Daryl Steiner, I presume? A careful reading of this court opinion may be enlightening. http://statecasefiles.justia.com/documents/ohio/ninth-district-court-of-appeals/2011-ohio-576.pdf But aside from Dr. Steiner et al, a subdural hemorrhage/hematoma is a 6-week old is VERY common and is simply indicative of someone who has been born. This article is very sparse on details, but let's not let someone go to prison simply because no differential diagnoses were performed, or because the doctor involved has his own novel theories regarding what constitutes abuse (and, regarding which, he is immune from prosecution). It may be unlikely that anyone abused this infant in any way whatsoever. If you want to rush to judgement, look at the doctor's history as much as the parents'. I think you'll find a distinct pattern.
Sue Luttner September 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I am pleased to see other comments encouraging caution about the diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome in this case. Difficult as it is to believe if you haven't seen it personally, doctors working with a flawed model of infant head injury have been over-diagnosing abuse for decades, especially in cases where there are no other signs of abuse: no bruises, welts, red marks, or fractures. Accumulated experience and improved technology are now revealing that the pattern of intracranial bleeding and swelling that defines shaken baby syndrome can also result from a number of legitimate medical conditions. For the story of a family torn apart when their son's genetic condition was misdiagnosed as abuse by shaking, please see http://onsbs.com/prologue/
Tom Vaughan February 09, 2013 at 07:17 PM
You are very correct in challenging this Dr. Steiner's opinion. In an other case, (Marsha Mills), they gave the toddler the wrong blood upon arrival to ACH but withheld that information from the court and jury at her trial. You would think that the coroner (Dr. George Sterbenz) would catch this and he did have the blood test showing their mistake but also withheld it from the court and jury. After spending her sixth Christmas in prison, the Ohio Innocence Project is on board and hopefully have her out soon. These are bad people that should be in prison themselves.


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