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May 20, 2007 | Allen G. Breed, Associated Press
When 7-month-old Natalie Beard's body arrived in the autopsy room, there were no outward signs of physical abuse. No broken bones, bruises or abrasions. But behind her pretty brown eyes and beneath her fine dark-brown hair, there was chaos. Both retinas were puckered and clouded red. There was acute bleeding outside and beneath the brain's outer membrane -- the kind of bleeding most often associated with a burst aneurysm.
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January 31, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A man who spent more than three years in a Sacramento jail on charges that he killed his 4-month-old son was released Thursday after prosecutors told a judge they could no longer prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had inflicted the injuries. Everett Bobbylee Quinn, now 24, was arrested about a year after his infant son died in a hospital July 29, 2007. Quinn and his girlfriend called 911 on May 19, 2007, to report that the baby had become unresponsive after vomiting blood.
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July 11, 1999 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Months had passed, and still Rick Crowl couldn't purge images of the Lehmer baby from his mind. There'd been no obvious wounds on the 3-month-old, nothing you could see. No signs of massive trauma; no signs of any trauma. No skull fracture, no collarbone bruises, no head injuries, no bleeding in the eyes, no gross bleeding under the scalp. Yet Thomas Bennett, the state medical examiner, had diagnosed shaken-slammed baby syndrome. Thomas Bennett had called Jonathan's death a homicide.
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May 20, 2007 | Allen G. Breed, Associated Press
When 7-month-old Natalie Beard's body arrived in the autopsy room, there were no outward signs of physical abuse. No broken bones, bruises or abrasions. But behind her pretty brown eyes and beneath her fine dark-brown hair, there was chaos. Both retinas were puckered and clouded red. There was acute bleeding outside and beneath the brain's outer membrane -- the kind of bleeding most often associated with a burst aneurysm.
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March 18, 1991 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aaron Abernathy stopped breathing in his baby-sitter's arms one cold February afternoon and died hours later in the same Los Angeles hospital where he was born just three months before. He was buried in a pale blue casket at Forest Lawn cemetery on a hill set aside for the graves of babies. His baby-sitter, a matronly grandmother of five named Dora Kerr, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1997
Re the trial of Louise Woodward for the murder of Matthew Eappen, Nov. 11: The jury understood medical evidence indicating violent shaking/impact on the day when Matthew was in the sole custody of Woodward. The defense hypothesis of "re-bleeding" of an alleged earlier head injury is contrary to vast clinical experience and medical literature. Infants who suffer massive head injury do not remain asymptomatic for days, then suddenly collapse and die. Shaken-baby syndrome is well characterized clinically and pathologically.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A man who spent more than three years in a Sacramento jail on charges that he killed his 4-month-old son was released Thursday after prosecutors told a judge they could no longer prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had inflicted the injuries. Everett Bobbylee Quinn, now 24, was arrested about a year after his infant son died in a hospital July 29, 2007. Quinn and his girlfriend called 911 on May 19, 2007, to report that the baby had become unresponsive after vomiting blood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state-licensed foster mother from Lakewood was charged Friday with murder in the death of a 2-year-old boy who doctors said was a victim of "shaken baby syndrome." Evelyn Kay Miller, 46, is being held on $1-million bail and faces arraignment next week in the October killing of Kameron Demery, a foster child who had been taken from his birth mother about a year earlier.
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January 16, 1994 | PAT LEISNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Micah Radcliffe, healthy at birth, was fighting for his life at 3 1/2 months after a brain injury his mother said happened when a baby-sitter shook the infant for fussing and refusing to eat. "We thought he was going to die," said Kristina Radcliffe, sitting with the doctors who saved him. Today, Micah is beating the odds. Although he hasn't fully recovered and now suffers from cerebral palsy, his progress is surprising his doctors.
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May 22, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Countering testimony offered by two other medical experts, an eye specialist told a jury Friday that certain injuries suffered by an 11-month-old Simi Valley boy two years ago could only have been caused by violent shaking. Dr. Alexander Levin, a Toronto-based expert in pediatric ophthalmology, testified that tiny hemorrhages in the boy's eyes were consistent with "shaken-baby syndrome," and cannot be explained by any other diagnosis. "It is a very specific sign," Levin said.
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July 11, 1999 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Months had passed, and still Rick Crowl couldn't purge images of the Lehmer baby from his mind. There'd been no obvious wounds on the 3-month-old, nothing you could see. No signs of massive trauma; no signs of any trauma. No skull fracture, no collarbone bruises, no head injuries, no bleeding in the eyes, no gross bleeding under the scalp. Yet Thomas Bennett, the state medical examiner, had diagnosed shaken-slammed baby syndrome. Thomas Bennett had called Jonathan's death a homicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Countering testimony offered by two other medical experts, an eye specialist told a jury Friday that certain injuries suffered by an 11-month-old Simi Valley boy two years ago could only have been caused by violent shaking. Dr. Alexander Levin, a Toronto-based expert in pediatric ophthalmology, testified that tiny hemorrhages in the boy's eyes were consistent with "shaken-baby syndrome," and cannot be explained by any other diagnosis. "It is a very specific sign," Levin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1997
Re the trial of Louise Woodward for the murder of Matthew Eappen, Nov. 11: The jury understood medical evidence indicating violent shaking/impact on the day when Matthew was in the sole custody of Woodward. The defense hypothesis of "re-bleeding" of an alleged earlier head injury is contrary to vast clinical experience and medical literature. Infants who suffer massive head injury do not remain asymptomatic for days, then suddenly collapse and die. Shaken-baby syndrome is well characterized clinically and pathologically.
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April 4, 1997 | GREG RIPPEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A couple Thursday was ordered to stand trial for murder in the death of a 19-month-old twin boy placed in their custody five months earlier by the county foster care system. Fernando Enriquez Paz, 34, and his 29-year-old wife, Maria Del Carmen Elizabeth Paz, were bound over for trial by Municipal Judge Barbara Lee Burke after a three-day preliminary hearing attended by relatives and other supporters of the Glendale couple. A deputy Los Angeles County medical examiner, Dr. Susan F.
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December 29, 1996 | CATHERINE CROCKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
That pivotal day began for Malcolm and Lois Scoon as most days do for new parents, according to the rhythm of their baby's sleeping and eating schedule. There were only two small complications: Lois had a toothache and 5-month-old Mariah was congested. It was President's Day last February and Malcolm, a doctor, had the day off. Lois decided to go see a dentist. Before leaving, she fed Mariah, gave her a sponge bath and dressed her in a white, floral jumper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state-licensed foster mother from Lakewood was charged Friday with murder in the death of a 2-year-old boy who doctors said was a victim of "shaken baby syndrome." Evelyn Kay Miller, 46, is being held on $1-million bail and faces arraignment next week in the October killing of Kameron Demery, a foster child who had been taken from his birth mother about a year earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997 | GREG RIPPEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A couple Thursday was ordered to stand trial for murder in the death of a 19-month-old twin boy placed in their custody five months earlier by the county foster care system. Fernando Enriquez Paz, 34, and his 29-year-old wife, Maria Del Carmen Elizabeth Paz, were bound over for trial by Municipal Judge Barbara Lee Burke after a three-day preliminary hearing attended by relatives and other supporters of the Glendale couple. A deputy Los Angeles County medical examiner, Dr. Susan F.
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December 29, 1996 | CATHERINE CROCKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
That pivotal day began for Malcolm and Lois Scoon as most days do for new parents, according to the rhythm of their baby's sleeping and eating schedule. There were only two small complications: Lois had a toothache and 5-month-old Mariah was congested. It was President's Day last February and Malcolm, a doctor, had the day off. Lois decided to go see a dentist. Before leaving, she fed Mariah, gave her a sponge bath and dressed her in a white, floral jumper.
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January 16, 1994 | PAT LEISNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Micah Radcliffe, healthy at birth, was fighting for his life at 3 1/2 months after a brain injury his mother said happened when a baby-sitter shook the infant for fussing and refusing to eat. "We thought he was going to die," said Kristina Radcliffe, sitting with the doctors who saved him. Today, Micah is beating the odds. Although he hasn't fully recovered and now suffers from cerebral palsy, his progress is surprising his doctors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1991 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aaron Abernathy stopped breathing in his baby-sitter's arms one cold February afternoon and died hours later in the same Los Angeles hospital where he was born just three months before. He was buried in a pale blue casket at Forest Lawn cemetery on a hill set aside for the graves of babies. His baby-sitter, a matronly grandmother of five named Dora Kerr, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
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