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Shaken baby syndrome claims the life of a New Year's baby--the dad goes on trial next week.


Camryn Jakeb Wilson was Summit County, Ohio's 2008 New Year's baby, born 12:33 a.m. on January 1, 2008. Twelve weeks later, on March 12, he was dead--the victim of shaken baby syndrome. According to CNN, Camryn's father, Craig R. Wilson, 28, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing for murder next week. He confessed to shaking and squeezing the infant after arguing with his wife, Crystal Wilson--but has since pleaded not guilty.

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome estimates as many as 1,400 babies annually are injured or killed by shaking, CNN reports. According to the center, 70% to 79% of people convicted of killing or hurting babies are men. The average age of perpetrators is 24, and 82 percent are either the parent of the victim or the live-in boyfriend of the mother.

According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, activities involving an infant or a child such as tossing in the air, bouncing on the knee, placing a child in an infant swing or jogging with them in a backpack do not cause the brain, bone, and eye injuries characteristic of shaken baby syndrome.

Violently shaking an infant for just a few seconds can cause:
• Brain injury leading to paralysis
• Mild to severe cognitive impairment
• Cerebral palsy
• Blindness
• Broken bones
• Death

How can such a tragedy be prevented?

Dealing with a crying baby can be beyond frustrating, especially if an infant has colic. Here are ways you can deal, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.

  • Keep your perspective. You're not failing your baby or being lazy if you can't stop a crying spell. Sometimes babies simply need to cry.
  • Slow down. Take a deep breath and count to 10. Repeat a calm word or phrase, such as, "Take it easy."
  • Use your imagination. Take your mind off the crying by picturing yourself in a calm, relaxing place. Play soothing music in the background.
  • Take a break. If you're alone, put your baby in a safe place, such as the crib or bassinet. Let your baby cry while you take a few minutes to regroup in another room.
  • Ask for help. Let your spouse or another loved one take over for a while. Take advantage of baby-sitting offers from friends, neighbors or other close contacts.
  • Express your emotions. When you're getting frustrated, speak up. Saying the words out loud--either to yourself or to an understanding friend or loved one--can help ease the tension.
  • Take a walk. Put your baby in the stroller and take a brisk walk. The exertion may take your mind off the tears. If it's too cold for an outdoor stroll, walk laps in a local shopping mall or other indoor spot. You might even buckle the baby into his or her car seat and take a short drive.
  • Sleep when your baby sleeps. Sleep deprivation may only make it harder to cope with a crying baby.
  • Recognize your limits. If you're worried about your ability to cope with a crying baby, contact your doctor, a local crisis intervention service or a mental health help line for support. Post a crisis number on the refrigerator
    or in another visible spot.

Have you ever been so frustrated that you wanted to shake your baby?

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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous August 15, 2008, 10:04 PM

I hope this a*shole goes to jail for life.

Vita August 15, 2008, 11:02 PM

Another horrible tragedy and another innocent angel in heaven. God bless him and keep him in his love. And may justice prevail, and punish throughly.

christine August 18, 2008, 2:06 PM

i just want to say these people is stupid how could you do that to a baby.
baby are so cute and soft. i would never think to do that to my son. there is animals out there.

Tonya August 20, 2008, 11:02 AM

I think he is a SICK individual!!!!Anyone that can do something to baby that is helpless and cant defend theirselves needs to be killed the same way they killed the child… take him out and shake him til his neck breaks….

Crystal R August 20, 2008, 3:56 PM

Why is this baby boy dressed from head to toe in pink?

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Almirati November 25, 2008, 9:28 AM

I am relieved to find that they are finally looking into this rather than jumping to conclusions. SBS is a hotly contested debate in the medical establishment and has no business being debated in courts until such time as it is proven to be more than a simple untested hypothesis. There are surgeons, pathologists, neurologists, and biomechanical engineers proving how it is impossible for a human to shake a baby with enough force to cause TBI (traumatic brain injury, alleged to have been cause of death for sweet Camryn). This mother had her son 1 week early and there was a history of problems. It is well-known that babies can experience rib fractures during birth processes - even “normal” “nature” vaginal deliveries without medical intervention have been proven to cause fractures or subdural hematomas or other problems. If these go undiagnosed they are blamed on the parents at time of death. I don’t buy this for one moment that this man brutally killed his beloved son. I don’t buy it one bit and no one else should without proof. There has been no differential diagnostic testing done, I’ll bet, as usual. When someone goes to the hospital they have to do testing to figure out what is wrong. They can’t just “guess” based on injuries present; they would have no idea how those injuries got there otherwise. EXCEPT when cases of SBS crop up. Suddenly doctors are allowed to just assume and presume why injuries are present. This man is surely innocent, but whether or not a jury will find him as such depends upon what “evidence” is allowed to be admitted…and what’s already been conveniently “misplaced” or “never done”. God bless this entire family; they’re going to need it.

Kenya C. March 15, 2010, 1:11 PM

Someone should shake him because he was crying.They should kill him for killing his own baby.

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