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SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME IS FOCUS OF SEMINAR

Area prosecutors will converge Friday on Women and Children's Hospital for a daylong seminar on how to combat claims by defense attorneys and hired experts that shaken baby syndrome, often-fatal brain damage to infants caused by rough handling, does not exist.

Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark III and Niagara County District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III will host the seminar, which will include presentations by doctors from Toronto, Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as Erie County's medical examiners.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma and Niagara County Sheriff's Department Investigators Joseph Taylor and Kristen Neubauer will discuss a recent trial in Niagara County in which the defense was prepared to challenge shaken baby syndrome. In that case, a father whose infant son died under his care accepted a plea bargain before the defense experts got to testify.

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