By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In South Dakota and other States, it is quite tragic that incidents of Shaken Baby Syndrome continue to be reported. The simple and violent act of shaking a baby can result in serious brain damage and even death. Never – ever shake a baby for any reason. Whether it is done in fun, in anger or for discipline, a child’s brain and skull cannot withstand the force of an adult shaking the child. In Eagle Butte, South Dakota, it was reported by the Rapid City Journal that Nicholas Allan Rivers, age 30, pleaded guilty to criminal charges of assault resulting in bodily injury. The incident causing serious child personal injuries took place on May 4, 2009.
The safety and well being of a child under the care of a parent, friend, neighbor, teacher, or day care provider should take precedence over all other matters. Keep children safe and it should be repeated – never – ever shake a child.