A judge recently imposed a sentence of life in prison to a man accused of shaking his 2 1/2 month old child to death. Ventrel Gammons was the father accused of the crime of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse. The incident, according to prosecutors and investigators, took place at the family home in May 2007. Mr. Gammons’ attorney argued that there was no evidence to support that Gammons abused or harmed his child. While it was not detailed in the Florida Times Union article, it would appear that this case involved medical testimony and evidence regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome and the associated head / brain injuries involved in such a case.
Parents, day care providers, child care providers, family members, and babysitters should never ever shake an infant, toddler, or child for disciplinary purposes or play. It is well known that shaking a baby can cause irreversible brain injury and in many cases – wrongful death.