In San Antonio, a jury is deciding the fate of Aritzaid Santiago in a Texas Shaken Baby case. The victim is Nathan Bonano. He was injured in April 2006. Nathan underwent emergency surgery for injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. If the jury decides that Santiago is guilty, the penalty could be up to life in prison.
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and non-accidental head trauma are injurious conditions caused by intentional shaking and/or blunt trauma to the head of an infant or child. The abusive act is an act of commission.
Non-accidental head injury (and associated injuries) occurs when the child is hit by an object, or impacts on object, and/or experiences significant force to the brain from speed and sudden deceleration. Keep in mind that the child’s non-accidental head trauma and brain injury may occur without actual physical contact with an object.