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The Shaken Baby Syndrome Debate: Is SBS Junk Science?

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Tune in on Tuesday June 3, at 8 PM CDT (What is Central Daylight Time?)

This week we will be discussing the debate surrounding Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), with our guests Audrey Edmunds and Attorney Jen Fitzgerald. New scientific evidence has come to light in recent years challenging the validity of SBS, calling into question thousands of convictions that may have been secured on flawed science.

Audrey Edmunds was wrongfully convicted in 1996 of reckless homicide for the shaking death of Natalie Beard, a 7-month-old infant she was watching while doing home daycare. Audrey was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

In 2006 the Wisconsin Innocence Project, took on Audrey’s case. New scientific evidence was emerging that was not available at the time of Audrey’s trial that supported her innocence.

In January of 2008, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled that "a shift in mainstream medical opinion" had cast doubt on whether shaking could have caused the brain injury that caused Natalie Beard's death, leading the court to order a new trial. The District Attorney's office dropped the case, freeing Audrey after serving 11 years in prison for a crime she did not commit.