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"Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis"

The Washington Post recently published a series of articles about the questions surrounding the use of "shaken baby syndrome" as a diagnosis. Here is how the first article in the series starts:

"Six years ago, in a tidy home day care on the edge of a cornfield, with angel figurines in the flower beds and an American flag over the driveway, 9-month-old Trevor Ulrich stopped breathing. He had contusions on his scalp and bleeding on the surface of his swollen brain.

"Within weeks, day-care owner Gail Dobson was charged with killing the baby in a fit of frustration at the business she had run for 29 years along a rural stretch of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Sunday school teacher and grandmother of three was convicted of second-degree murder in 2010, eight months shy of her 54th birthday, and sentenced to 20 years in prison."

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