Increased penalties for shaken baby syndrome

Governor of New York George Pataki has signed into law the bill that has come to be known as ‘Cynthia’s Law’, after Cynthia Gibbs, a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. The bill ensures greater penalties for parents or caregivers who kill children by violently shaking them, more clearly defines the crime, and provides for education as to the damage that can be done when shaking a baby.

Why would I be blogging about this? Because Shaken Baby Syndrome – the collection of symptoms characteristic of rapid shaking or cranial impact in infants – is yet another issue that the anti-vaccination liars blame on vaccinations. How anyone can try to claim that symptoms that include swelling of the brain, bleeding on the brain, retinal bleeding (all three from rapid acceleration and deceleration), external bruising of the head (the baby is often also slammed into things), bruising or fractures in the chest area (the adult usually holds the baby tight around the upper body while shaking it), and often a history of abuse, can somehow be caused by vaccinations just astounds me. How exactly is the MMR vaccine meant to break a baby’s ribs? How does it cause external bruising on the head? Almost all of the reports they use to support their arguments focus exclusively on the brain injuries and ignore the supporting evidence, like confession by the parent that they shook their baby, or a history of child abuse.

The support of Alan Yurko by the anti-vaccination liars is an illustrative example. The man was a career criminal, and the post mortem xray of the baby showed various fractures of the ribs with a variety of healing ages showed a pattern of abuse over time. The official defense was that the baby had been sick and crying continuously after receiving the standard vaccination schedule, and Yurko had then noticed that the baby had stopped breathing and he had tried to revive it. The supporters of Yurko fail to acknowledge the fact that one of the biggest factors that lead to parents shaking their babies is excessive crying. Suffice to say the judge saw right through them and sentenced Yurko to jail time.

While in jail he was used as a martyr by the anti-vaccination liars, and as a warning to parents who vaccinate their children. Strangely, they seemed to lose interest in him after he was released and then shortly after was back in jail on charges of burglary, aggravated theft and drug possession. Not a nice guy.

7 Responses to “Increased penalties for shaken baby syndrome”

  1. WordPress, excellent move. Hurrah!

  2. sorry – i interpret “career criminal” as lex luther. that kinda ruined things for me😛

  3. mark: indeed, i’m liking it. Gotta make myself a nice banner now – the header image is replaceable w00t!

    TW: would you trust lex luthor with your 10 week old infant?

  4. I’m beggining to think that a move to WordPress mightn’t be such a bad idea either.

    Reading the article it is amazing what people will believe. Such a tragedy. Maybe they should get a really large, powerful person to shake him around such that he can get in touch with the damage that he did to that poor infant.

    Let the sod rot.

  5. jebb_x: wordpress is looking very nice. and yes, people will believe crazy shit, but if you look at some of the emails on that Millenium Project link, you’ll see that said people are just plain crazy themselves.

  6. My name is Darryl Gibbs. I am the heart broken father of Cynthia Gibbs who was shaken to death on 11-17-00, by her New York State licensed child care provider. I am the Founder of The Cynthia Gibbs Foundation as well as the Parent Spokes Person for The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Since my daughter’s violent death I have worked to prevent the awful form of child abuse called Shaken Baby Syndrome. No infant or young child should ever have to be a victim. The passage of “Cynthia’s Law” will save lives and prevent life long suffering to our most precious resorce—our children! The key stopping Shaken baby syndrome is education. I continue my mission of protecting our children by now lobbying The United States Congress to pass my new legislation entitled “The Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act.” The legislation will enhance Federal efforts focused on public awareness and education about the risk and dangers associated with Shaken Baby syndrome. My family would like to thank all those around the nation that care about this issue. Please remember “a child’s life is never too small to save.”

    Thanks for caring,
    Darryl Gibbs

  7. kryysteez Says:

    IT IS THE POISONS FROM THE VACCINES THAT DESTROY A BABIES BRAIN. THE REACTIONS ARE LISTED ON THE VACCINE PACKAGE INSERT. SCIENTIST INJECT DPT VACCINE INTO LABORATORY ANIMALS TO CREATE THE SAME DAMAGE SEEN IN THE SHAKEN BABIES. THEY HAVE KNOWN FOR SEVERAL DECADES. DOCTORS KNOW ALSO, BUT PREFER TO POINT FINGERS AT INNOCENT PEOPLE INSTEAD OF THE MASSIVE MONEY MAKER , VACCINES. ALL THOSE BABIES JUST HAD THEIR VACCINES JUST PRIOR TO THE DAMAGE. GIVING A BABY ONE SHOT IS LIKE GIVING AN ADULT 30. BABIES USUALLY GET 5 OR 6 SHOTS IN ONE DAY. THAT IS CHILD ABUSE.

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