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Virginia Shaken Baby Incident Leaves Child with Head TraumaPosted on Apr 28, 2012
An official with the Sheriff’s Office said that crimes involving shaken baby syndrome are all too common in Campbell County – with cases coming to their attention multiple times a year. In many cases, the assailant is the child’s father.
A Virginia health official explained that head trauma is a common result of shaken baby syndrome, as the child’s brain is slammed against its skull during abuse. Unlike older children and adults, young babies are top-heavy and do not have the neck muscles to prevent damage. One out of three shaken babies will die from the injuries, one out of three will be permanently injured, and one out of three will physically recover from the abuse.