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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Texas: Autopsy Finding Changes Lead to Appeals

A mother serving 17 years for causing the death of her baby by shaking is appealing after a new medical examiner changed the cause of death from "homicide" to "undetermined."  The new medical examiner testified that "there was no blunt trauma, no clear evidence this child died of shaken baby syndrome."  A bad report by the old medical examiner led to dismissal of charges in another child death case, and the doctor involved has left the medical examiner's office after being criticized by her superiors for bias. [Jack Chin]

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