Police Say Infant Was Shaken By Father

Bail was set at $5,000 cash May 14 for a Coast Guard member accused of causing serious injuries to his infant daughter by shaking her.

Judge Paul Mathews set bail for Christopher Terrero, 29, of Gurdy Street in Rockland, during a hearing held in the Knox County court. Terrero was arrested May 12 and charged with Class B domestic violence aggravated assault and Class C domestic violence assault on a child younger than six years old.

The incident is alleged to have occurred April 22 at the family’s residence.

According to an affidavit filed by Rockland Police Detective Sgt. Joel Neal in court, police were contacted on April 22 when the three-month-old girl was brought to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

The infant was diagnosed with a significant brain bleed.

Terrero told Neal he was watching the children at the house when he sneezed and woke up the three-month-old child. Terrero said the baby would not stop crying and he said he was trying to comfort her and shook her, according to the affidavit. He claimed he had not shaken her hard, but the officer said medical tests showed the child had to have been shaken hard to have suffered the significant brain bleed.

The child was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

A doctor said it is highly probable the child will suffer long-lasting effects from the injuries, according to the affidavit. The child has had seizures and is on medication to control them. The doctor said shaking baby syndrome is one of the leading causes of death for infants, the police report stated.

Terrero was still being held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland late Thursday, May 15.

His next court date is scheduled for June 25. He did not enter a plea at his initial court appearance. Pleas are not solicited prior to a grand jury hearing evidence in the case to determine if there is adequate evidence to issue an indictment.

This article was originally published by Knox.Villagesoup.com.

 

Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Buffalo Police Claim Infant’s Death Is The Result Of Shaken Baby Syndrome

An infant who died in September in Buffalo died of shaken baby syndrome, according to Buffalo Police.

The baby is identified in his obituary as six-month-old King Jordan.

According to investigators, police responded to an apartment on Grote Street on September 20 for an infant in distress.
Two days later, Jordan died at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

The autopsy showed injuries to his neck and head from blunt force trauma and shaken baby syndrome.

So far, no one has been charged.

“The fact that the people responsible for his care were responsible for this horrific crime, they absolutely will be held responsible and should be,” said Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo.

Authorities say no arrests have been made in connection with his death.

Police say this remains an active investigation.

King Jordan’s obituary says he was six months old. It can be read here.

This article was originally published by WKBW

 

Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Death Of 8-Week-Old Queens Boy Linked To Shaken Baby Syndrome

The death of an 8-week-old Queens boy who cops say was violently shaken by his father four months ago has been declared a homicide, police said Saturday.

Little Mason Sanchez was found unconscious inside his parents’ apartment on 88th St. near Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica on Aug. 16.

Medics rushed the infant to Jamaica Hospital, then transported him to Cohen Children’s Medical Center for further care, but Mason could not be saved and died of his injuries three days later.

An autopsy later revealed that Mason died from shaken baby syndrome, sources with knowledge of the case said.

On Aug. 21, cops arrested the tot’s father, 28-year-old Luis Sanchez, and charged him with manslaughter and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years old. Sanchez was caring for Mason when the child fell unconscious, police said.

Sanchez remains held on $150,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Jan. 24, public records show.

Queens prosecutors will determine if the charges against him will be upgraded now that the baby’s death has been declared a homicide, officials said.

This article was originally published by NYDailyNews.com.

Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Day-care Operator Convicted In Shaken-Baby Case

Pallavi Macharla faced a Middlesex Superior Court judge Friday and wept as she asserted her innocence and also mourned for Ridhima Dhekane, the 6-month-old girl who died in her care.

“I love Ridhima so much. Dearly. As I love my daughter,” Macharla said in a trembling voice before a packed courtroom of supporters and relatives of both the defendant and the child. “I did not cause any harm to her.”

Macharla, 45, was sentenced to up to four years in prison for the death of Ridhima, who prosecutors said Macharla shook so violently while she was caring for the child in March 2015 that the baby’s brain began to bleed.

Macharla had been sentenced in May to life in prison after a jury convicted her of second-degree murder. In August, Judge Kenneth Fishman reduced the verdict to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors had called for 10 to 15 years imprisonment. Macharla’s lawyers pleaded with Fishman on Friday to release her from MCI-Cedar Junction in Framingham and sentence her to time served and probation.

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Fishman ruled that a “sentence of incarceration is necessary to reflect the serious nature of this offense to promote respect for the law and provide just punishment for the offense.”

The case was the latest one to test the long-accepted theory of shaken baby syndrome, which has divided the medical community as a growing number of doctors express skepticism that shaking a baby alone can cause the kind of bleeding and brain swelling that has led to criminal prosecutions. Middlesex prosecutors have seen other murder cases fall apart after specialists disputed evidence of shaken baby syndrome.

Fishman reduced the conviction in large part because of the conflicting evidence presented during the four-week trial, which he said made a conviction of second-degree murder unjust.

The trial featured an array of doctors and biomechanical engineers who presented contradictory theories on what could have happened to Ridhima. The infant was one of many children Macharla cared for in the basement of her Burlington home, where she operated a day care center that prosecutors said was illegal.

Ridhima’s parents, Umesh Dhekane and his wife, Jyoti Shinde, came to the sentencing Friday holding their youngest daughter, who was born two years after Ridhima’s death. The child giggled and squirmed out of their arms during the long hearing. The couple, who also have a 14-year-old daughter, declined to make an impact statement and left the courtroom without speaking to reporters.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan declined comment. A spokeswoman referred to the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum, which argued that although the exact “mechanism, act, or combination of acts” that led to Ridhima’s injuries were unknown, “the only reasonable inference is that the defendant inflicted the extraordinary, catastrophic injuries that caused Ridhima’s death.”

“The defendant committed acts of violence upon a vulnerable, helpless, and dependent 6-month-old who had been entrusted to her care,” prosecutors wrote.

The sentence dismayed Macharla’s friends and relatives, who traveled to the courthouse from Burlington, where Macharla lived with her husband, 12-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old son.

They packed the courtroom, which fits about 200 people, and sat behind Macharla’s husband and her children.

Macharla is “good and innocent,” Lincoln Amere, a family friend and father of three, told reporters after the hearing. “She doesn’t deserve to be in a jail. Prosecutors are trying to punish the innocent in the name of protecting the children.”

The sentence means that Macharla, an Indian immigrant who trained as a doctor in her native country, will have a conviction for an aggravated felony, which means mandatory deportation, said her lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr. A sentence of less than a year would have avoided that status and improved her chances of staying in the country.

Carney said Macharla was “heartbroken” at the prospect of deportation, and that he would appeal the conviction. The appeal, he said, is likely to be based on the science around the theory of shaken baby syndrome and what he called the judge’s failure to tell the jury that Macharla’s decision not to call 911 could not be considered a basis for conviction.

Macharla testified during the trial that on that March morning, Ridhima seemed unusually tired and napped longer than normal. She said when Ridhima woke up, she fed the baby applesauce.

Ridhima then started vomiting and choking and fell unconscious. Macharla said she tried resuscitating the child and called the baby’s mother, but did not call 911, which prosecutors said showed Macharla was “buying herself time.”

Bhalinder Singh, who attended the sentencing on Friday and described himself as a friend of both families, said in India there is no 911 system. “If something bad happens, you call the parent,” Singh said. “Pavalli is a doctor by trade, very nice, very gentle. She cannot do anything bad.”

Before she was taken back into custody, Macharla told Fishman she has been in “mourning” since the child’s death.

“I can understand the pain of her parents,” Macharla said. “I’ve been praying for them.”

This article was originally published by BostonGlobe.com

 

Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.