The Shaken Baby Syndrome Myth
renamed "Abusive Head Trauma" or "Non-Accidental Injury"



* SBS began as an unproven theory and medical opinions, now discredited by biomechanical engineering studies
* No DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS done to eliminate other causes, abuse assumed without evidence
* Shaken Baby diagnostic symptoms not caused by shaking
* Child protective agencies snatch children, destroy families based on medical accusations without proof of wrong-doing
*Poor or deceptive police investigations, falsified reports, perjured testimony threaten legal rights, due process
* Prosecutors seek "victory", over justice; defense attorneys guilty of ineffective counsel, ignorance, lack of effort
* Care-takers threatened, manipulated, in order to force plea bargains, false confessions
* A fractured criminal justice system--a big piece for the rich, a small piece for the poor, and none for alleged SBS cases.

(under construction)



Related websites/ important people and projects ShakenBabySyndrome/Vaccines/YurkoProject
"Shaken Baby Syndrome or Vaccine Induced Encephalitis-- Are Parents Being Falsely Accused?" by Dr Harold Buttram, with Christina England (WEBSITE)

Medical Misdiagnosis Research's Blog
; Information involving every aspect of a false SBS diagnosis and what follows
VacTruth: Jeffry Aufderheide; The SBS conection and other dangerous or deadly side effects of vaccination true, suppressed history of the smallpox vaccine fraud and other books:
Patrick Jordan
Sue Luttner, must-read articles and information on Shaken Baby Syndrome
The Amanda Truth Project: Amanda's mother speaks out at symposium
Tonya Sadowsky

SUBJECT: THE JOHN LAVERTY, JR. STORY: False SBS Charges, Wrongful Conviction & Imprisonment by Dianne Jacobs Thompson, independent investigative researcher/writer

John Laverty, Jr. was released from prison on October 14th, 2015 after nearly 15 years behind bars for a crime he never committed. Actually, that no one committed, other than a pediatrician he demanded answers from and suspected of medical malpractice. A doctor who responded by altering and falsifying a clinical report and phoning in a revenge-fueled report of child abuse even after finding serious medical issues like fluid in the lungs from a respiratory infection, who also minimized earlier medical symptoms. Also by the following; two other doctors who submitted false reports. By the doctors who may have suspected these actions. By all of the medical "experts" who failed to or refused to do medical tests to find or eliminate other causes, and who may have given false testimony under oath. Also by 3 out of 4 investigators who withheld or falsified police reports to insure conviction. By prosecutors who may have withheld evidence and other offenses to "win" a case rather than pursue the truth. By defense attorneys who didn't bother to study the case or even read the available documents with all of the contradictions, errors, and false information. By a court clerk who inadvertently derailed a trial, forcing unwanted plea bargains. And by a judge who let it all happen.

Why? Arrogant anger. Revenge. And the fact that once a planted rumor, or story, or accusation of child abuse is uttered, it takes on a life of it's own, gains momentum like a rock rolling down a mountain, crushing nearly all obstacles in it's path. For over 4 decades now an accusation of Shaken Baby Syndrome/child abuse has translated directly into a conviction in most cases. It's also a fact that SBS never moved beyond the scientific status of an unproven medical hypothesis--an idea--which has now been proven wrong so conclusively that the name had to be changed to something that describes a head impact with force equal to a fall from a two story building or being unrestrained (with an infant's head striking a dashboard or windshield) in a 35mph vehicle crash. Evidence of severe external head injuries is rarely found, nor neck injuries resulting from violent shaking. But the medical and legal communities continue to ignore science in a tragically high number of these cases. Even worse than the devastation to falsely accused caretakers and everyone in their lives, is the terrifying reality that a misdiagnosed infant's life can be put at risk or even lost through ignorance or the refusal of medical professionals to search for possible medical causes that might be treatable if not denied, overlooked or ignored to protect decades of medical error.

"Differential Diagnosis" is the distinguishing of a particular disease or condition from others that present similar symptoms. Some disease symptoms mimic injury. Some injuries mimic disease symptoms. It's required in any medical situation where symptoms can be misdiagnosed, particularly in cases of suspected abuse. For example, Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy, infantile--Barlow's Disease, or adult form) is a hemorrhagic condition where capillary bleeding can occur anywhere in the body, including on the surface of the brain and on the skin covering of the bones where it turns into callus formation that looks identical to healing fractures on x-rays. (Subperiosteal Hemorrhage) Differential Diagnosis is required. It is almost never done, in spite of the fact that the doctor "credited" with creating the SBS hypothesis listed scurvy as a differential diagnosis for the symptoms he thought were caused by shaking ...but never eliminated as a cause. Nor did the medical profession go through the normally and necessarily rigid process of converting an unproven hypothesis into a proven theory. The "birth" of Shaken Baby Syndrome occurred like a magical event, blinding onlookers to it's alien, illegitimate origins. It was accepted without question, with open arms, and spawned an international medical, legal and business enterprise. For example, who among you have never seen the famous video (several now) of a man demonstrating the violent shaking of a lifelike baby doll and had the image burned into your brain?

No More "Shaken Baby Syndrome" Or "Shaken-Impact Syndrome": They have to change the name
On April 27, 2009, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a new policy statement in their medical journal, "Pediatrics", described as "the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the America Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)":

Shaken baby syndrome is a term often used by doctors and the public to describe abusive head trauma inflicted on infants and young children. While shaking an infant can cause neurologic injury, blunt impact or a combination of shaking and blunt impact can also cause injury. In recognition of the need for broad medical terminology that includes all mechanisms of injury, the new AAP policy statement, “Abusive Head Trauma In Infants and Children,” recommends pediatricians embrace the term “abusive head trauma” to describe an inflicted injury to the head and its contents. Pediatricians should learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of abusive head trauma, including those caused by both shaking and blunt impact, and consult with pediatric sub specialists when necessary. "

SBS as a descriptive term had to be changed to "Abusive Head Trauma", but "authorities" refused to let it go and simply claim now that when babies are shaken, their heads are pounded against something with terrific force. To admit the shaking hypothesis wrong would have inconceivable repercussions.

John did not suffer this wrongful imprisonment alone. Baby Mama Melissa was also arrested, convicted and imprisoned on false charges, but only received half the prison time John did. Why was John targeted in particular? Because the pediatrician told law enforcement that "in his experience, mothers didn't harm their babies." Nor was John and Melissa alone. Each year there are hundreds of similar cases. Multiply that by decades, since the early 1970's, and the numbers stagger the imagination.



John--Graduated from a college trade program in prison.2009. Sentenced to 16.6 years in 2001.

Mother of John's first child

John at 18, with the mother of his older child Sierra at a family Christmas party.

John and older daughter, CCJohn with Baby Sierra in 1999--Casey's half sister.

John and Michelle, the mother of his older child, Baby Sierra

I met John when he was 18. My 17-year-old daughter brought him home for Christmas in December, 1998. Everyone liked John, a sweet, good-natured, big teddy-bear of a young man. So polite and accommodating to everyone. His strict Korean mother raised him to be respectful, and his German American, ex-military, former police and Corrections Officer father probably had a hand in it earlier on.

Prior to their relationship, John had medical records claiming he was sterile, so finding out they were pregnant shocked both parents-to be. Michelle thought John falsified a medical report and lied to get her pregnant on purpose, and John thought Michelle cheated. But the birth of baby Sierra, who looked just like her father, the following July at least confirmed paternity.

John and Michelle were great parents during the time they were together. Michelle was a loving, protective new mother who trusted John completely and he became a hands-on parent; a worshipful, loving, doting daddy to his first child. He cooked, cleaned, bathed and fed baby Sierra, changed dirty diapers, and happily helped take care of her when he was home from work. Crying didn't bother him, or vomiting, or waking up in the middle of the night. Michelle even left him with the baby to go on an overnight trip to visit friends.  He was happy with fatherhood. The only complaint Michelle ever made was when she saw him sitting on the couch, bouncing the baby in his hands to make her laugh. She herself described "freaking out" and "reading him the riot act" about "Shaken Baby Syndrome" (SBS). SBS "advertising" had her so convinced that even just playing with baby this way threatened her life, and she wasn't alone in this fear. So many people contacted the national SBS organization about similar actions they witnessed, that the company had to put a notice on their website assuring the public that bouncing and playing with babies in similar fashion DOES NOT CAUSE SBS.
Can Tossing or Rough Play Cause SBS/AHT?

"The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome fields numerous calls from anxious parents and care givers each week, wondering if everyday play activities can possibly cause shaken baby syndrome. These parents usually call after a well-meaning relative or friend has cautioned them regarding such activities as using an infant swing, tossing a child in the air or bouncing a baby on the caregiver's knee. These callers are reassured once a staff member from the National Center explains SBS/AHT and the violence necessary to cause it.

The National Center and its International Advisory Board issues this position statement on the relationship between shaken baby syndrome and normal affectionate handling or innocent play activities:

"Activities involving an infant or a child such as tossing in the air, bouncing on the knee, placing a child in an infant swing or jogging with them in a back pack, do not cause the brain, bone, and eye injuries characteristic of shaken baby syndrome. The forces required are distinctly different than those sustained by children in the activities described above or in short falls."

Unfortunately, the relationship between the young parents failed. John worked long hours for a furniture hauling company which fueled a lot of paranoia and jealousy in Michelle who was seriously hormonal during her pregnancy and afterward. Where John was more laid back and wanted a quiet home life, Michelle had anger issues arising earlier trauma, a more fiery personality, and at times a violent temper. By her own admission she assaulted John (who didn't fight back), shoving him into a wall over some misunderstanding, and he left what had become a roller coaster relationship. They were too young and inexperienced in working through relationship problems and personality differences to stay together.

In the last week of Michelle's pregnancy, an aquaintance of John's, Melissa B who was homeless, moved in with the couple temporarily. One notable issue came up from the beginning. Melissa refused to eat at the apartment. All she wanted was coffee sweetened with sugar, and since Michelle was allergic to a combination of sugar with other foods, she didn't keep any in the house, so Melissa B lived on black coffee as far as late pregnancy Michelle witnessed.

Conflict between the two girls ended Melissa's stay at the apartment. A month later John and Michelle's relationship ended and Melissa stepped in. A few months and one broken condon later, John's second child was on the way. Unplanned but welcomed and soon to be adored. John was a young man who loved babies and looked upon his children as miraculous.

John and Melissa B, the mother of his second daughter, Baby Casey

During Melissa B's pregnancy, she and John lived with his mother and stepfather for about 6 months total during two different periods of time, but she didn't get along with them and so it never ended well. In between, they rented a room with friends, and at one point were even homeless when John got temporarily laid off from work.

Melissa suffered from a number of conditions and misfortunes in her life. Her father committed suicide in prison, reportedly due to his experiences as a Vietnam veteran. According to her aunt, Melissa's relationship with her mother was so rocky and destructive that the aunt had at one time tried to "kidnap" Melissa to rescue her from a bad home life. Melissa's mother later turned on her own child when questioned by the police when she was arrested for reasons that had nothing to do with the case, like someone who is compulsively abusive.

Melissa also had health issues. She suffered from a lifelong chronic eye inflammation--iritis, listed as an observed symptom in vitamin C deficiency studies, although it may have other causes--and told the police about being in "Special Ed" due to learning disabilities and social problems caused by ADD or something similar, although there may have been more to the story. She was a high school dropout, but not mentally disabled--she later got her GED in jail which is no small accomplishment. The GED math test alone is more than many high school students could pass.

She had apparent emotional problems, anger issues, and was overly aggressive in some ways while exceptionally timid and fearful in other ways. In short, she had a complicated history and an equally complex personality, proved to be difficult to live with around other people, but by all reports John was gentle, caring and protective of her. She feared the "outside world" and depended on John. In spite of everything, they appeared to get on peacefully together.

John's stepfather contributed information about Melissa. He wrote about her smoking inside, against the house rules, which is something doctors warn expectant mothers to avoid because smoking can harm an unborn child as well as the mother. Melissa was receiving prenatal care, but there is serious question about the quality of that care. They made it clear to Melissa that she must avoid smoking around the baby after it was born, so she would go outside to avoid exposing her daughter to second-hand smoke, but they either didn't tell her or make it clear that smoking during pregnancy was harmful, and that smoking while she was nursing would affect breast milk.

John's stepfather Bob also described Melissa's alarming eating habits to me during a phone conversation.

Melissa's pregnancy "diet"

Michelle told me about Melissa refusing to eat food when she stayed with them, reporting that she never saw her do anything but drink copious amounts of coffee. Bob verified the same eating habits. He said Melissa drank 8 to 10 cups of coffee a day, sweetened with huge amounts of sugar. (Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc.) He said she went through a 5lb bag every few days. John's Korean mother cooked healthy meals for the family, which Melissa refused to eat. John, who continued to work long hours almost every day, was largely unaware of the extremity of her problem in view of her pregnancy and the nutritional needs of their unborn child. She did eat some, but he remembered it as mostly occasional fast food or junk food like cookies and chips. I asked him if she took prenatal vitamins? She had them, but refused to take them because they upset her stomach. Again, prenatal care nurses did nothing to help with the problem, or the fact that she only gained 10 lbs during her pregnancy.

( be continued

3 1/2 months, two months after being falsely diagnosed with SBS.
The horror of medical misdiagnosis and legal injustice can happen to
any family, anywhere.

The Poisoned Needle
While Melissa was being tended to medically for abnormal bleeding after delivery, John stayed in the hospital room and held the baby. Casey was born around 9PM. Doctors are required to wait 12 hours before vaccinating, so on her second day of life someone came in and pulled Baby Casey right out of her father's arms to be vaccinated.
He objected. His older child was unvaccinated because of a family history of life-threatening vaccine injuries, including a combined Staph and Strept infection in the blood that caused a flesh-eating infection so virulent that the whole family (family history)  became infected through contact. However, he was told "it's the law" and that he had no choice. Someone lied. Washington State allows medical, religious and personal exemptions, which was claimed for his older child, Casey's half-sister CC. Besides the flesh-eating disease the mother of his first child contracted immediately after her first and only vaccination, the grandmother got hepatitis twice following tetanus shots and was chronically ill after childhood vaccines, and the great grandfather got Yellow Fever from that vaccine. A cousin developed "Screaming syndrome" after her first shot, another cousin got measles after a measles shot, and a lot of other adverse effects were suspected. John had a valid reason for refusing shots for his children and the legal right to do so which was denied by a medical professional at Tacoma General Hospital.

John remembers hearing them say "triple vax"--a term he otherwise was unfamiliar with--but the records report only a Hepatitis B vaccination ...a vaccine so dangerous to newborns that the public in France staged demonstrations and a large group of people filed lawsuits for vaccine injury until Hep B was removed from the childhood vaccine schedule.

Doctors and nurses tend to look on the refusal to vaccinate infants and children as a form of child abuse or neglect, but a few quotes sum up the other side of the debate that few doctors ever question or research, or if they do, they don't tell--especially pediatricians, whose incomes come primarily from the infant and childhood shots.


  • Getting a vaccination does not guarantee immunity. (~CDC, January 28, 1994.)
  • "Neutralizing antibodies are reported to reflect levels of protection, although this has not been validated in the field." (~Journal of the American Medical Association, June 9, 1999, Vol. 281. No. 22)
  • Vaccines made from animal substrate contain animal viruses that are impossible to filter out. By 1961, scientists discovered that animal viruses in vaccines, including smallpox, could act as a carcinogen when given to mice in combination with cancer-causing chemicals, even in amounts too small to induce tumors alone. They concluded that vaccine viruses function as a catalyst for tumor production. (~Science, December 15, 1961.)
  • THE WASHINGTON POST, Feb.2, 1986 "Vaccines can be a risk for infected persons--virus in vaccines, like natural virus infection...MAY ACTIVATE LATENT VIRAL INFECTIONS."--Dr. Robert Gallo, National Institute of Health
  • By the 1920s, several British medical researchers documented that smallpox was not only more common among the VACCINATED, but that the DEATH RATE from smallpox was actually higher among those who had been vaccinated. This indicates that the vaccine was ineffective and predisposed vaccinated persons to more lethal disease. (~Vaccination, Dr. Viera Schreibner, 1993 pp. 205-220.)

  • Encyclopedia Americana Vol.27, P.852 (1986)  Vaccination Article

  BANNED IN AMERICA  The headlines and story featured in the London Times on May 5th, 1987 that we in the US were not allowed to read, reportedly due to a conspiracy of silence agreed to by top journalists and scientists at a secret meeting for the purpose of a cover-up.

When vaccines are mentioned, most people associate them with the eradication of polio and smallpox. Nothing could be further from the truth than the "revisionist" history we have all been spoon fed about these epidemics. Polio had three main world-wide epidemics in the twentieth century. The first two came and went as epidemics do. The third one we all hear about was nearly ended before the polio vaccine was introduced. It was only used in two countries, after which the numbers increased before going back into a decline, and those 7-8 year olds who were chosen for the mass vaccination cohort were in an age range least affected by polio, which only has serious side effects in 1/2 of 1% of those with the infection. The epidemic ended in unvaccinated countries without any intervention accept the development of cleaner water and better waste disposal systems as well more sanitary food supplies. Ask any surveyor. It's part of their professional history.

The polio vaccine was contaminated with a leukemia virus. After the mass vaccination of children, childhood leukemia, which was almost unknown prior to the polio vaccine afterward become one of the top 10 killers of children. For even worse information, look up SV-40 (SV40) and HeLa cells.

The WHO (World Health Organization) claim that vaccines eradicated smallpox was equally fictitious. The smallpox vaccine had a disastrous history from the beginning. Look up the past history of smallpox vaccine + Philippines. It triggered many epidemics of smallpox and other diseases and conditions. WHO field workers admitted in interviews for a book that the only thing that actually worked was the ancient practice of quarantine, and that "the real story would never be known". Even that didn't eradicate smallpox so they just renamed it "Monkeypox". That's how they "ended" smallpox.


The Unauthorized Hep B Vaccination: Documented Adverse Effects

Symptoms: Studies involved observation for 5 days only

Pain, tenderness, pruritus, erythema, ecchymosis, swelling, warmth, nodule formation, irritability, fever ( = 101°F oral equivalent), diarrhea, fatigue/weakness, diminished appetite, rhinitis, nausea; pharyngitis, upper respiratory infection, sweating; achiness, sensation of warmth, lightheadedness; chills, flushing, vomiting; abdominal pains/cramps; dyspepsia; influenza, cough, vertigo/dizziness, paresthesia, pruritus, rash (non-specified); angioedema; urticaria, arthralgia including monoarticular, myalgia; back pain; neck pain, shoulder pain, neck stiffness, lymphadenopathy, insomnia/disturbed sleep, earache, dysuria, hypotension, elevation of liver enzymes, constipation, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, multiple sclerosis; exacerbation of multiple sclerosis; myelitis including transverse myelitis, seizure; febrile seizure; peripheral neuropathy including Bell's Palsy; radiculopathy; herpes zoster; migraine; muscle weakness; hypesthesia; encephalitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; alopecia; petechiae, eczema, arthritis, increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate; thrombocytopenia, pain in extremity, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); lupus-like syndrome; vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, irritability; agitation; somnolence, optic neuritis, tinnitus, conjunctivitis, visual disturbances, syncope and tachycardia.


Anaphylaxis and symptoms of immediate hypersensitivity reactions including rash, pruritus, urticaria, edema, angioedema, dyspnea, chest discomfort, bronchial spasm, palpitation, or symptoms consistent with a hypotensive episode have been reported within the first few hours after vaccination. An apparent hypersensitivity syndrome (serum-sickness-like) of delayed onset has been reported days to weeks after vaccination, including: arthralgia/arthritis (usually transient), fever, and dermatologic reactions such as urticaria, erythema multiforme, ecchymoses and erythema nodosum

Patients, parents and guardians should be instructed to report any serious adverse reactions to their healthcare provider, who in turn should report such events to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1-800-822-7967.31

The government admits that only 1-10% of reactions are ever reported by doctors to VAERS. One symptom left out of this list, among others, is...death.

Hospitalization: Apnea
Casey was born on Nov. 20th, 2000. By Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, she had become lethargic and refused her bottle. Then she cried out and John ran to console the baby. As he held her, Baby Casey's eyes rolled back in her head, she became unresponsive to voice or finger-snapping, and she appeared to quit breathing temporarily. He noticed at that time that there was a yellow tint to her skin, and a bluish darkening (oxygen deprivation) around her mouth. They rushed her to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, where no cause for the "apnea" (breathing stops) episode was officially listed.

The possibility of a vaccination adverse reaction was not even mentioned in the medical records even though doctors are required by law to report all reactions within 72 hours following vaccination to VAERS, the government's vaccine injury department, but even the government admits that only 1-10% of all known or suspected vaccine injuries are ever reported by doctors. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System does NOT publish reports from parents or caregivers. VAERS was created to help victims. Instead, it was adversarial from the beginning and works hard with a battery of attorneys to eliminate as many cases as possible--around 75% of them. Doctors know better than to report vaccine injuries or to even diagnose them. Careers and reputations are put at risk if they do. The pressure against such "whistle-blowing" is enormous.

The pediatric records, whether by careless error or criminal design, record Casey was vaccinated a day earlier than she was and admitted to the hospital a day later, effectively side-stepping the reporting period.

Under-reporting seems to be considered necessary to preserve the public "faith" in the mostly compulsory vaccine programs and to avoid personal blame and extremely expensive liability for "injury," although doctors are exempt and vaccine manufacturers refused to accept liability from the 1980's on and have forced the government to cover all claims, paying out over 1 billion dollars in damages for the small percentage of cases they could not succeed in dismissing. The government admits only 1-10% of cases are reported by doctors and less than 25% of those are compensated.

Heart Rate and Respiration Abnormalities
Casey was put on a heart and respiration monitor. At one point the numbers were so low that one doctor questioned whether the monitor had malfunctioned in some way, but Dr. Viera Schreibner of Australia noted the same abnormal readings on equipment when they monitored infants in a "cot watch" breathing pattern study, unexpectedly documenting that there were a series of key days of vaccine reactions that were worse than other days, and that these reactions could continue for a month. The vaccine connection was after the studies were evaluated, not before.

Breathing pattern studies that became vaccination "adverse reaction" studies
From the Cot watch graphs of Dr.Vera Schreibner
"It is obvious that even though baby one reacted much more than baby two (referring to computer chip read-outs on two infants she studied), the flare-ups of stressed breathing followed the same pattern of critical days, the most important of these being day 2, after which day the stress level went down and started rising again between days 5 and 7, when the stress level subsided and started increasing again between days 14-16, subsided again and rose again between days 19-24, after which it subsided and rose again towards the 28th day and so on, following closely the pattern of alarms as recorded by a mother of one baby (figure 1). Days 10 or 11 also emerged as critical days in babies who reacted strongly, such as baby one."

"One must also take into consideration that in statistics you always have a slight spread of a day or two before or after the critical days. One can also rephrase it that nature does not necessarily operate in a sudden, cut-off fashion but in a building-up and tapering-off way." --Dr. Vera Schreibner

"A Rare Blood Disease" (Sepsis) --No, No, "Hospital Error"
While Casey was in the hospital, blood work was done and a doctor told the parents she had "a rare blood disease" after she tested positive for strept and staph, just like the infection that nearly killed the mother of John's first child after her first vaccination. They put Baby Casey on IV antibiotics for 3 days. One doctor thought it was an apnea incident. Another physician, Later, after a lot of "poking and prodding" and no more findings of infection, Dr. C (who became their pediatrician) arbitrarily decided it was more likely a matter of contamination--a hospital error. It's more likely that the antibiotics cleared the infection from the blood, but the only way to verify that infection hadn't spread to the brain beyond the blood-brain barrier was to test the cerebral spinal fluid. They tried to do this twice but failed to collect any fluid. The symptoms she had, including lethargy (an indication of a brain neurological condition) are consistent with encephalitis among other things.

The matter of the antibiotics is something to consider. According to her medical records, after her blood tested positive for Strept and Staph, Baby Casey was put on Ampicillin and Ceftriaxone. AMPICILLIN. CEFTRIAXONE IS CONTERINDICATED FOR INFANTS WITH HIGH BILIRUBIN.


Diarrhea; pain, swelling, or redness at injection site, black "hairy" tongue; inflammation and redness of the tongue; nausea; second infection; vomiting.Hemic and Lymphatic Systems– Anemia, thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, eosinophilia, leukopenia, and agranulocytosis have been reported during therapy with the penicillins. Skin rashes and urticaria have been reported frequently. A few cases of exfoliative dermatitis and erythema multiforme have been reported. Liver– A moderate rise in serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) has been noted, particularly in infants. Additional systemic reactions reported--itching, candidiasis, fatigue, malaise, headache, chest pain, flatulence, abdominal distension, glossitis, urine retention, dysuria, edema, facial swelling, erythema, chills, tightness in throat, substernal pain, epistaxis and mucosal bleeding. Hepatic: Increased AST (SGOT), ALT (SGPT), alkaline phosphatase, and LDH. Hematologic: Decreased hemoglobin, hematocrit, RBC, WBC, neutrophils, lymphocytes, platelets and increased lymphocytes, monocytes, basophils, eosinophils, and platelets. Blood Chemistry: Decreased serum albumin and total proteins. Renal: Increased BUN and creatinine.Urinalysis: Presence of RBC's and hyaline casts in urine.

Gastrointestinal: Gastritis, stomatitis, and enterocolitis. Onset of pseudomembranous colitis symptoms may occur during or after antibiotic treatment.

Pediatric Patients:Available safety data for pediatric patients treated with Ampicillin and Sulbactam demonstrate a similar adverse events profile to those observed in adult patients. Additionally, atypical lymphocytosis has been observed in one pediatric patient receiving Ampicillin and Sulbactam. Thrombophlebitis. Rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; stomach pain or cramps; unusual bruising or bleeding; vaginal irritation or discharge; vein inflammation or tenderness; white patches in mouth. Summary of Interactions for Ampicillin--Depletion or interference Vitamin C*
Vitamin K*, Interactions with Supplements

Vitamin C: Test tube studies show that ampicillin significantly reduces the amount of vitamin C in the blood.1 Controlled research is needed to determine whether individuals might benefit from supplementing vitamin C while taking ampicillin.

1. Alabi ZO, Thomas KD, Ogunbona O, Elegbe IA. The effect of antibacterial agents on plasma vitamin C levels. Afr J Med Med 1994;23:143-6.
Vitamin K

Several cases of excessive bleeding have been reported in people who take antibiotics.7, 8, 9, 10 This side effect may be the result of reduced vitamin K activity and/or reduced vitamin K production by bacteria in the colon. One study showed that people who had taken broad-spectrum antibiotics had lower liver concentrations of vitamin K2 (menaquinone), though vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) levels remained normal.11 Several antibiotics appear to exert a strong effect on vitamin K activity, while others may not have any effect. Therefore, one should refer to a specific antibiotic for information on whether it interacts with vitamin K. Doctors of natural medicine sometimes recommend vitamin K supplementation to people taking antibiotics. Additional research is needed to determine whether the amount of vitamin K1 found in some multivitamins is sufficient to prevent antibiotic-induced bleeding. Moreover, most multivitamins do not contain vitamin K.
7. Suzuki K, Fukushima T, Meguro K, et al. Intracranial hemorrhage in an infant owing to vitamin K deficiency despite prophylaxis. Childs Nerv Syst 1999;15:292-4.
8. Huilgol VR, Markus SL, Vakil NB. Antibiotic-induced iatrogenic hemobilia. Am J Gastroenterol 1997;92:706-7.
9. Bandrowsky T, Vorono AA, Borris TJ, Marcantoni HW. Amoxicllin-related postextraction bleeding in an anticoagulated patient with tranexamic acid rinses. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 1996;82:610-2.
10. Kaiser CW, McAuliffe JD, Barth RJ, Lynch JA. Hypoprothrombinemia and hemorrhage in a surgical patient treated with cefotetan. Arch Surg 1991;126:524-5.
11. Conly J, Stein K. Reduction of vitamin K2 concentration in human liver associated with the use of broad spectrum antimicrobials. Clin Invest Med 1994;17:531-9.

LOCAL REACTIONS—Phlebitis was reported in <1% after IV administration.
HYPERSENSITIVITY—rash (1.7%). Less frequently reported (<1%) were pruritus, fever or chills.
HEMATOLOGIC—eosinophilia (6%), thrombocytosis (5.1%) and leukopenia (2.1%). Less frequently reported (<1%) were anemia, hemolytic anemia, neutropenia, lymphopenia, thrombocytopenia and prolongation of the prothrombin time.
GASTROINTESTINAL—diarrhea (2.7%). Less frequently reported (<1%) were nausea or vomiting, and dysgeusia. The onset of pseudomembranous colitis symptoms may occur during or after antibacterial treatment (see WARNINGS). HEPATIC—elevations of SGOT (3.1%) or SGPT (3.3%). Less frequently reported (<1%) were elevations of alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin. RENAL—elevations of the BUN (1.2%). Less frequently reported (<1%) were elevations of creatinine and the presence of casts in the urine.
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM—headache or dizziness were reported occasionally (<1%).GENITOURINARY—moniliasis or vaginitis were reported occasionally (<1%). MISCELLANEOUS—diaphoresis and flushing were reported occasionally (<1%).

Other adverse reactions include abdominal pain, agranulocytosis, allergic pneumonitis, anaphylaxis, basophilia, biliary lithiasis, bronchospasm, colitis, dyspepsia, epistaxis, flatulence, gallbladder sludge, glycosuria, hematuria, jaundice, leukocytosis, lymphocytosis, monocytosis, nephrolithiasis, palpitations, a decrease in the prothrombin time, renal precipitations, seizures, and serum sickness.


Different endotoxin release and IL-6 plasma levels after antibiotic administration in surgical intensive care patients
Holzheimer, RG; Hirte, JF; Reith, B; Engelhardt, W; Horak, KH; Leppert, R; Aasen, A; Capel, P; Urbaschek, R; Karch, H; Thiede, A Journal of Endotoxin Research [J. ENDOTOXIN RES.]. Vol. 3, no. 3. 1996.

      "Despite the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, aggressive fluid resuscitation, vasopressor support, the mortality associated with Gram-negative sepsis and septic shock has not decreased significantly in the last two decades. The consequences of host exposure to endotoxin and the relationship of antibiotic administration to endotoxin release have become important areas of intense interest. In vitro studies have demonstrated that there was a difference in endotoxin release between PBP-3 specific antibiotics ( beta -lactam antibiotics) and PBP-2 specific antibiotics (carbapenems). This is the first clinical report of surgical patients admitted to the surgical and anaesthesiology intensive care unit on the missing endotoxin release after imipenem treatment; however cefotaxime and ceftriaxone showed significantly more positive endotoxin tests in the plasma when compared to imipenem. Ciprofloxacin and vancomycin were intermediate in endotoxin release and tobramycin did not cause endotoxin release. There were also significant differences in endotoxin neutralizing capacity. IL-6 levels were decreased after imipenem faster than after ceftriaxone or cefotaxime; ciprofloxacin seemed to increase IL-6. Endotoxin may be harmful in patients where the immune system has been continuously challenged. Timing, dosage, or combination with other compounds as well as the effect of antibiotics on macrophages need to be tested in larger clinical trials. In this respect a consecutive study was started. "

ADVERSE EFFECTS OF ENDOTOXINS: (toxins released from bacteria cells walls when they die)  (Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, M.D.)

  • Endotoxin can in itself, cause coagulation/bleeding disorders.
  • Endotoxin uses vast quantities of Vitamin C while being ‘detoxified’ (involving free radical reactions).
  • Vitamin C deficiency can, in itself, cause haemorrhages.
  • Vitamin C deficiency can, in itself, cause spontaneous fractures.

Endotoxin can target the brain by:
1. specifically, and selectively, damaging the endothelial linings of cerebral blood vessels
2. breaking the blood-brain barrier
3. seeping into the cerebral tissue
4. causing anoxia by a direct effect on the respiratory centre
5. initiating a rapid series of biochemical disturbances, including free radical reactions, leading to an extremely rapid onset of cerebral edema—with a host of possible complications
6. causing coagulation/bleeding disturbances.

High Bilirubin and Jaundice
Baby Casey was, however, unquestionably diagnosed with a high bilirubin count and jaundice, considered "normal" in newborns but which usually resolves in 3-4 days, not many days later as it did in Baby Casey. Dr. C. also claimed "breast milk" was "probably" the cause of the high bilirubin and jaundice. However, both apnea and these these conditions are also linked to vaccine injury, as well as junk food and excess sugar in the diet. He wasn't even aware that because of Melissa's scanty supply of pumped breast (she gave up nursing as quickly as possible because of the discomfort), John had almost immediately put Baby Casey on baby formula as her main food supply, and chose soy formula due to a family history of dairy intolerance. (There are medical journal accounts of soy formula alone causing Barlow's disease--infantile scurvy.)

"Extremely high levels of bilirubin in infants may cause kernicterus, a form of brain damage. Signs of severe hyperbilirubinemia include listlessness, high-pitched crying, apnea (periods of not breathing), arching of the back, and seizures. If severe hyperbilirubinemia is not treated, it can cause mental retardation, hearing loss, behavior disorders, cerebral palsy, or death."

Urine Tint
According the the medical record, Casey's urine test came up abnormal. On online check revealed that it could be associated with bone absorption.

First Sign of Abnormal Bruising
At the end of Baby Casey's extended hospital stay, one of the medical attendants who drew blood from her foot held her leg to do so and left a bruise there, in a first sign of possible "abnormal bruising". John saw it and confronted the man about it, but it was shrugged off.

John Laverty worked long, hard hours to earn a good living for a young man his age, but when his baby daughter lost consciousness and appeared to stop breathing soon after birth, he rushed her to the hospital and took time off work to stay in the room with her day and night, to find out what was wrong and to make sure she was properly cared for and never left alone right up until his boss threatened to fire him if he didn't come back to work, but only Casey appeared to be out of danger. He was not not happy with all of the poking and prodding done, with no clear answers about what had happened. And he was not happy that a medic had bruised his child.

The pediatrician told the parents if they wanted to retain him as Casey's doctor, to call him in a few days at the pediatric clinic where he had his office for an "after-hospital" checkup. John lost the number but was finally able to track it down later. When he called, the doctor had gone on vacation and instead of being referred to another doctor, he was told they would have to wait until the doctor returned.

The Nurse Consulation Phone Service
As Casey was being discharged from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital (the children's wing of Tacoma General Hospital) on Nov. 27th, 2000 after five days in the hospital, a nurse handed John and Melissa a white business card with an 800 number to a nurse consultation phone service under contract with the hospital to call for any health concerns. While waiting for the doctor to return from vacation, they had occasion to call the nursing "hotline" a number of times.

A Home Visiting Nurse Comes To Check On Baby Casey
The day after Casey got home from the hospital, Nurse Kristin Schmidt came to see the family. Her later report on this visit:

Symptoms Following Baby Casey's Release From The Hospital
The first apparent life-threatening event--apnea--occurred on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2000 making it 2 days after the Hep B vaccination on Nov. 21. The first sign of abnormal bruising, seen after Casey's leg was held to draw blood from her foot, was around Monday,
day 7 after the shot. By the time Casey was released after 5 days, her behavior had begun to deteriorate, but there was nothing specific for the next few days that John could remember, except that she remained lethargic--a "sleepy baby" while at the same time more fussy and irritable. By day 14 or so, Casey had taken a noticeable turn for the worse and had become even more lethargic and sleepy, irritable, had a "creepy way of turning her heels in" as John described it, and was far more fussy when held.

Melissa would leave Casey in the bassinet all day, but as soon as John came home from work he wanted to be with his daughter for the rest of the night. Even Melissa later remarked that he was a little jealous because she got to be with Casey all day while he had to work. She couldn't handle dirty diapers, so as soon as he got home he took Casey in to change her diaper at the same time he got out of his work clothes. He fed her, bathed her, and spent the rest of the night holding her while he watched tv. She was more fussy when being held, but John thought it was because he was gone all day and she "forgot" him. He had no way of knowing that her symptoms, particularly the frog-leg posture, were classic signs of Barlow's disease, and that subperiosteal hemorrhaging in the legs was the cause of the posture due to intense pain aggravated by movement.

Temporary Change In Casey's Skull Shape
As John tells it, a frightening thing happened a few days before the most acute symptoms began. He came home from work and noticed that Baby Casey had something going on with her head. He said,  "Well, like her head was elongating and turning into a 'cone head' shape.'' He called the nurse's hotline immediately and the nurse laughed it off and assured him it was just a temporary condition caused by the baby lying on her side too long.  The was the position the doctor at the hospital told the parents to use because she was a "shallow breather." He was told to lay her on her back and "go to bed." The next day her skull shape was back to normal.

There are accounts of babies developing flat spots on the back of their heads from sleeping on their backs. Their skulls are still relatively soft in infancy. But this is also something that happens to babies with Vitamin D deficiency. According to medical literature, bone disease starts with abnormal thinning of the sides and back of the skull, and if it persists, individuals with this deficiency can develop characteristic dome-shaped skulls with "bossed" (protruding) foreheads, which describes Casey's appearance in photos several months later. Rickets or sub clinical rickets have other diagnostic signs and symptoms. Historically, scurvy and rickets were often found together.

Casey Becomes Acutely ill Late At Night After Christmas Shopping
On Tuesday 12-12-00, 21 days after her vaccination, Baby Casey became acutely ill from respiratory problems with severe lung congestion and difficulty breathing. John and Melissa had bundled her up and went out to do some shopping. Around 11pm that night Casey had become congested and her breathing was labored, so John called the hotline. The nurse said it was just a bad cold and they didn't need to bring her in. Melissa stayed on the phone with the nurse who talked John through the Baby Heimlich Maneuver for choking to help Baby Casey cough up the mucus that was making it hard for her to breath. It required back-patting off and on all night, about once an hour. She coughed up white froth and he would suction it out of her mouth until the last time about 5am in the morning, when a yellow mucus plug came up. After that she was able to sleep. When he left for work about 6am, she was resting peacefully when he kissed her goodbye.

When John came home that evening, on Wednesday, at 22 days, he saw a small sore at the corner of her mouth and her eyes were bloodshot with red lids. Melissa told him she had started this high-pitched crying around noon and her eyes got red after that. He called the nursing hotline to talk about it, and they assured him it was "colic" and "red eyes from crying" and that Casey "didn't need to be seen."

Then she developed this brown discoloration under her lower lip that looked like she had been "eating chocolate and drooled". He wondered if it was "wind burn" from being out in the weather the evening before, even though he had her warmly dressed and wrapped. The next morning it had separated into four distinct "messy sores" at the corners of her mouth on each side with two more rimming her lower lip, spaced almost equally apart. John called the hotline again about the sores. The nurse said it was just cold sores, and to keep A&D lotion on it. Also, that she "didn't need to be seen." He kept the clear, greasy lotion on the sores right up through the time the went to a pediatric appointment the following Monday. The doctor had finally returned from vacation and called them to set the time. It was supposed to have been a hospital follow-up but he scheduled it as a one month "well-baby" appointment.

At 23 days, (Thursday) John came home and noticed a little bit of blood in Casey's saliva. He figured she was teething and just suctioned it out and didn't bother the nurse. It did not recur. Around 24-25 days after her shot, the diarrhea started. Casey had remained congested and fussy with the high-pitched crying, and still had noisy breathing, but didn't seem to be as ill as she was the first night. No fever--just congested respiration and a runny nose. He also noticed that she had been grunting.

On Friday night, Dec. 15th, John was alone with the baby for the first time. Melissa had gone out to have coffee with her estranged mother and left Casey with John. He was sitting on the bed playing with her by holding her horizontally and bouncing her in his hands to make her laugh. He doesn't know how it happened, but she slipped through his hands. Her fall was broken by a padded laundry basket beside him on to a carpeted floor. She quit crying as soon as he grabbed her up and hugged her to his chest in a panic, and she didn't have a bump or bruise on her after bumping her head on the rim of the laundry basket, but he immediately called the nurse's hotline, told them what happened, and asked what to do. The nurse went through a detailed checklist for any sign of injury, decided there was none and told him it wasn't necessary to bring her in to be seen.

Baby Casey was sleeping peacefully when Melissa and her mother returned. She didn't know anything had happened and John didn't volunteer the information, particularly when he had done it before in front of her and she got mad. In fact, he had done the same thing with his older daughter several times, and her mother had a fit too, and told him to do it by pumping his arms up and down with her instead of bouncing her in the flat of his hands.

On Saturday (Dec. 16th, 2000) John's mother and stepfather came to visit. When I asked the stepfather how she seemed at that time, he said she was lethargic as usual, but otherwise "fine".

When John got home from work the next day (Sunday), he noticed a red spot on Casey's left cheek and asked Melissa about it. Melissa thought it was from the day before when John's mother was holding the baby to her chest were she had a scarf pin, and that had left a mark. But photographs taken a day or so later show it as an erupting pimple or whitehead, so it was just a swelling where she was breaking out. However, Melissa later told CPS that she had been holding Baby Casey when she bumped into a wall or doorjamb that day or evening, also. She didn't tell John about it at the time, but he didn't notice anything different when he came home other than the spot on her cheek.

The next morning they had the pediatric appointment. It was John's day off so he ran errands in the morning and then drove Melissa (Melissa couldn't drive) and Baby Casey to the clinic an hour early. The appointment was at 10:15 and they were there a little after 9am. John remembers that Casey was "in a good mood", an alert "happy baby" the day they went to the well-baby appointment on Dec.18th, 2000, 27 days after her shot. He carried her inside in the car seat, but she got fussy when being handled at the clinic.

The Medical Assistant Discusses The Parent's Health Concerns
The doctor's Medical Assistant, Shelly LaVergne came out and talked to the parents and looked at Casey. John and Melissa were telling her about what had been going on--a bad cold, colic, etc. The M.A. also thought the 4 skin lesions were cold sores, but was concerned about the red eyes and eyelids and agreed to make certain the doctor discussed all of this with them. Then she had John undress Casey and lay her on a cold examining table. Casey let out an "ear-splitting scream" and began what the M.A. described as "inconsolable high-pitched crying" that alarmed her. She went in and told the doctor she thought something was wrong. John was concerned too. He thought maybe the cold surface had set her off because she had always been kept warm and wrapped up, but he wanted answers to his health concerns, although the nurses had continually told him it was just a bad cold, colic, red eyes from crying and cold sores. Melissa was also concerned about how little of her bottle Casey was taking at a time which she described as about a half ounce.

When the pediatrician came out, he kept trying to talk to Melissa, but she was a "Special Ed" kid who didn't even know what kind of Baby Formula they were using. John was the experienced parent who had to teach her everything from scratch, and the primary caretaker for all practical purposes, so if she didn't know something, John would answer, or correct her if she "fibbed" like claiming she was breast-feeding when she wasn't. Things weren't going well between the doctor and John. John was distrustful because of his previous experience with the hospital and doctors, and the doctor was perturbed that John was taking the lead when he expected the mother of the child to do so. John told him about everything, including the temporary skull deformation, which didn't seem to faze him. He finally--in reference to the skin lesions and red eyes--mumbled something about "child abuse" and said he was sending Casey to the hospital to "get checked out". Neither parent was happy about Casey going back to the same hospital and doctors who had botched her earlier stay, particularly since they had been assured by hotline nurses for days that Casey didn't even need to be seen.

John was also overheard saying the doctor was just doing it "for the money", which got back to the doctor. He had someone call an ambulance around 11:45am, and then called the police but only to meet the ambulance in case the parents tried to interfere with her being admitted to the hospital, which he later stated along with an admission that there hadn't been any trouble. They wanted to go in the ambulance with Casey, but the EMT's told them they weren't allowed to, besides which John had the car and needed to drive it to the hospital. Apparently Melissa was afraid to go in it anyway, telling someone because it "went too fast".

The Medical Assistant's Report

TRANSCRIBED REPORT: This was the first person to observe and examine baby Casey at the "well-baby" visit  with the pediatrician at the Northwest Pediatrics clinic on December 18th, 2000.

Called parents back--FOB (father of baby) carrying baby, MOB (mother of baby) carrying bag and car seat. Asked routine questions--normal pregnancy, yes: Induced or spontaneous. delivery--mom looked puzzled and looked at FOB--he responded with, "they broke her H20". Asked if breast-fed or formula-fed. MOB replied breast and FOB replied formula-then MOB said is given formula @ times. MOB wasn't sure of name of formula. FOB replied Similac.

FOB was asking about "red marks" on baby's eyes. MOB said she contacted the Mary Bridge nurse because MOB has "arthritis" [sic] and she (MOB) that the eye redness was arthritis (Melissa was saying "iritis"). FOB and MOB said baby has been crying a lot and maybe the eyes (then FOB showed me the baby's eyelids that were red and discolored) could be from the baby crying.

FOB asked about the blisters on baby chin. I asked what happened. FOB said they (MOB and FOB and baby) went shopping on Tuesday 12/12/00. Baby started coughing and FOB said the next day she had the blisters. MOB said she (baby) had the blisters after they got back from shopping. MOB said she called the nurse @ Mary Bridge Hospital and told her about the blisters and the nurse said she has a cold and doesn't need to be seen.

FOB still holding baby while sitting down on bench. FOB placed baby against his chest. FOB was wearing a white furry jacket. Baby's face was against the fur. MOB told FOB to move her head because MOB was afraid she would inhale some of the fuzzy jacket. FOB stated if she (the baby) couldn't breath then she (the baby) would turn her own head.

MOB started talking about the baby being hospitalized for one week because the baby stopped breathing. FOB said the doctors all thought she had some kind of rare blood disease and she (the baby) had to be "poked" and FOB said "She had all kinds of shit done to her." FOB said they still weren't sure what's wrong with her.

Baby cried every time FOB moved her. I asked if baby usually cries this much. MOB said yes. I asked even when baby came home from the hospital? MOB replied "no, she has always cried and my mother says she has colic. But the cry has been louder the last 2-3 days." FOB replied that the baby "must have a cold."

I asked FOB and MOB to undress the baby down to her diaper so that I can weigh her, get her length and check her head circumference. FOB laid baby on table to undress her. Baby screamed piercing cry. I asked MOB if the baby usually cried like that. She said yes. The MOB & FOB wanted to know if I thought the baby had colic? I said I would make a note of it and Dr. Clapper would be able to give them an answer. MOB looked over at the baby and MOB said to FOB, "you can't hold her like that because you left a red mark on her face". I looked at baby's face and there was a small red mark on baby's left cheek. FOB said he didn't touch her there, but he held her head still by (then he showed me and MOB) placing his left thumb on baby's right side of the temporal lobe and placed his finger to the left side of the baby's temporal lobe. I did not see any marks. MOB asked why the baby would get marks so easily? I said that the baby has sensitive skin and we have to be gentle with them.

FOB finished undressing the baby (while the baby cried). The FOB carried the baby to the scale. I weighed the baby. I told FOB to take the baby back to the room. He did and laid the baby on the table. Once the FOB left the baby to still (?). Baby stopped crying. I picked up the baby so I could turn her to get her length. She cried. FOB and MOB were standing next to me. I asked again if she always cries with that high pitch. MOB replied, "She's just tired and has a cold." I finished measuring her and told the FOB and MOB to wrap the baby in a blanket and Doctor Clapper would be in shortly.

I left the room and told Dr. Clapper that I thought there was something wrong with the baby because of the high pitch cries and the frequency of crying.

I was putting the chart together and MOB came out of the room by herself and said she was concerned about how little the baby seemed to be eating. I asked how much does she eat & MOB replied 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce every hour. I asked when the baby eats the 1/2 to 1 ounce what does she (the baby) do? MOB replied, "she falls asleep." I told MOB that I would let Dr. Clapper know and he would give his advice to how much he thought the baby should eat. She went back to the room.

After putting the paperwork for the baby together I went in their room to give them the baby's measurements. FOB had the baby on the table. I looked at the baby and she had what appeared to me was Vaseline on her chin where the blisters were. I asked the FOB what was on her, he replied "A & D ointment;" that the nurse @ Mary Bridge told him to apply the ointment.

Dr. Clapper asked if I would get an O2Sat (?) on baby. I went in there. MOB was very upset and crying. FOB was holding baby. I told them what I was going to do. MOB said she knew about that from when they went to the hospital for one week. FOB replied that this was stupid and that there was nothing wrong with the baby. MOB replied she was extremely tired of last time she was at the hospital because the nurses @ T6 (Mary Bridge) kept waking MOB up every two hours to feed the baby. She seemed to be irritated about this. MOB replied saying Dr. Clapper is over-reacting and that the baby just has a cold, and there is nothing wrong with her. FOB seemed to be angry. I asked if they wanted to talk with Dr. Clapper again, they said no. After getting the 02SAT-which I told the parents it was100% MOB said that having the baby go in the ambulance was "freaking" (her?) out. MOB asked if they could take the baby by their car. I told them I couldn't override what Dr. Clapper had said and if they wanted to talk to Dr. Clapper again and MOB asked ROB who was looking out the window and just shrugged his shoulders. MOB started crying again and said she would like to talk to Dr. Clapper.

When paramedics arrived FOB and MOB stayed seated on the bench. After the paramedics took her away. MOB was crying. Neither FOB or MOB went with the baby in the ambulance. FOB and MOB left after the baby was gone.

Back To Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
John didn't think anything was seriously wrong, so he dropped Melissa off at the hospital. They arrived the same time the ambulance did, and Melissa carried her in to be admitted, telling the nurse the doctor wanted her checked out. John went on home to pack a bag for them, and stayed for a while cleaning up the apartment before he went back, until Melissa told him to get back to the hospital after a couple of hours--he had washed dishes, picked up and was about to do some laundry when she called him and ordered him back in a way that communicated trouble.

More editing.............(will finish this in the next few days)

Melissa probably had no idea of the damaging effects of her eating habits and the smoking which includes interference with the absorption of iron, calcium, other minerals and vitamins necessary to the developing fetus, particularly vitamins K and C. She reportedly grew up with a deficient diet. Along with smoking, this type of prolonged nutritional deficiency state passes on to an unborn child, potentially resulting in or contributing to the often fatal Cheadle-Möller-Barlow syndrome (Barlow's disease, Barlow disease, Möller-Barlow disease--infantile scurvy) which is characterized by gingival lesions (only when teeth are present), arthralgia, loss of appetite and weight loss, listlessness, bone abnormalities (beading on the ribs and other bones) that can be misread as healing fractures and actual spontaneous fractures, or those that occur from normal handling or minor mishaps, or major unseen fractures from birth injuries, bleeding internally, hemorrhages, abnormal bruising, redness, swelling, blisters, slow healing, an abnormal frog-leg position, and high-pitched crying among other symptoms, all of which have been written about by the internationally-known physician, the late Dr. C.A.B. Clemetson among others, thanks mostly to the ground-breaking work and published writings of world-famous Australian physician, Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, M.D. Apart from nutritional deficiencies, other triggering factors such as infection or the introduction of foreign proteins through vaccination are believed by some researchers to accelerate fulminating scurvy, causing a Barlow's disease variant which appears to progress much faster than normal infantile scurvy. (World-wide medical journal articles.) This accelerated condition is now referred to as Clemetson-Kalokerinos Syndrome by a group of physicians familiar with the research and findings, who are not threatened by the association with vaccine "adverse events".

Melissa herself appears to have suffered from deficiency symptoms. She mentioned iritis to the pediatrician's assistant (who mistakenly thought the father had this condition), possibly associated with vitamin C deficiency. It was a painful condition she suffered from most of her life. Under stress and with this type of eating habits she likely harbored many deficiency states which may have contributed to her own earlier diagnosis of hyperactivity, learning disabilities and abnormal behavior which led to a determination that she was "unfit for trial" in an unrelated case that was settled by a guilty plea in the middle of this case. This finding was overlooked or ignored in both of her cases.

As previously reported, Baby Casey was taken and injected with the Hep B vax over the objection of her father while her mother was being tended to for abnormal bleeding after delivery. The parents were given no information about possible side effects or signs to worry about, nor told to contact her physician if any of the known symptoms appeared. One of the documented side effects--apnea, occurred soon after. Connections have been made between a junk food, refined sugar diet, and vaccinations, and high bilirubin levels in the newborn and adults also. In fact, bilirubin increases have been linked to vaccines. The high bilirubin count may have contributed to the apnea. Other symptoms associated with high bilirubin are: listlessness, high-pitched crying, arching of the back, and seizures.

Following the Hep B vaccination and apnea incident, Baby Casey developed a cascade of symptoms. We spent months with John remembering what he could and answering my questions. At one point, I asked without any explanation (8-8-07) if he had noticed any unusual "frog leg" postures, John said, "Yes, she had this way of turning her heels under that was creepy to look at." The frog leg posture is pathognomic of Barlow's disease. Later on, after she was put into foster care immediately upon leaving the hospital, and when we arranged a visit, the foster mom said Casey "didn't like to be held." I also noticed when someone was holding her on their hip in a position that would normally involve a little one clamping her knees around someone's waist, that her legs seemed to splay out abnormally and wondered about that, along with a stiff-legged look apparent in one of the photos I took of her that day. Many other details came up as we spoke over time that John hadn't thought of until we were going through day-by-day accounts or realized had any significance.

The pediatrician filled out the clinic report marking everything as normal to begin with and then went back later and altered it.

The following are transcribed medical notes from that day. Some of them appear to have been changed, and some things were added that were not observed or reported in error at the pediatric clinic, according to an opthomologist's report soon after.

  • Alert and vigorous, crying
  • Head: normal fontanelle, bruise ecchymoses (R) zygoma (there was nothing on her right zygoma [cheekbone] until after she was taken from her parents at the clinic)
  • "Something-type (??) lesions" lower lip (skin sores) Began as chocolate brown discoloration, next day erupted into sores
  • Lung congestion: "??? rales" (spot on lungs from infection later described as probable lung "contusion" (bruise)
  • "Irritable crying not consolable" described the distinctive cry that concerned the nurse in terms less recognizable than "inconsolable high-pitched crying" usually associated with brain swelling/encephalitis caused by vaccine adverse reactions
  • Crying/fussy onset last week, had ??? (can't read)
  • Ecchymoses over eyelids
  • Ears--OK (they were not ok after she was handled at the hospital--concerns listed on forensic report)
  • Breast feeds: Melissa was unable to nurse, only had scant milk to pump --Casey was fed mostly soy formula (dairy intolerance in family)
  • Cries a lot, sleeps ok
  • Subscleral hemorrhages?
  • Fundal hemorrhages?

Below is an excerpt from the official report of ophthalmologist Clark W. Deem, MD, called in to check for
expected retinal hemorrhages. No subscleral, fundal or retinal hemorrhages found. Click for full report.

However, the pediatrician later told detectives he noted swelling on her head, labored breathing, and described her eyes as hemorrhaged and her eyelids as black on a later report.

(This page needs revising, but a summary of legal and medical issues are as follows)

1. The interdisciplinary groups involved with this case failed to investigate it properly. They have guidelines that require a full investigation of every aspect of the case, and that should have included the prior medical and nutritional history. If they had done so, they would have discovered the probability that Casey was born with multiple nutrition-based metabolic diseases. Her mother lived on 8-10 cups of coffee per day, sweetened with around two cups of sugar, refused the healthy food she was offered and ate only junk food like cookies and chips, and some fast food. She refused to take the prenatal vitamins she was given, gained only 10lbs during her pregnancy, and smoked. Her eating disorder was most likely caused by Vitamin C deficiency itself. There were other signs, iritis and hemorrhaging for two days after giving birth, which are all symptoms found in scurvy. She had prenatal care, but obviously the quality of care bordered on criminal neglect or they would have taken better care of her, gave her better prenatal advice and caught signs of problems, particularly her lack of weight gain. Casey's symptoms were consistent with Vitamin C deficiency (Barlow's disease, or more specifically Barlow's disease variant, a vaccine or infection-accelerated form of infantile scurvy-endotoxemia), D deficiency, and possibly K deficiency. She also had characteristics of Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis, which some online medical authorities now believe may be an early manifestation or stage of Barlow's disease (infantile scurvy). It wasn't just the prenatal diet and lack of nutrition--the Hep B shot can cause massive states of Vitamin C deficiency and other side effects, including brain swelling and a different kind of bleeding disorder (thrombocytopenia) and the antibiotics can interfere with the formation and absorption of Vitamin C and K, as well as other serious side effects. Also, there are reports in the medical literature of infantile scurvy being caused by soy formula alone (Casey had signs of lactose intolerance). Doctors used to advise mothers who put their babies on formula to supplement with orange juice. Now pediatricians tell parents, "no juice until 4 months" and then advise apple juice or other kinds that are low in Vitamin C, and even more so in the store-bought juices that are pasteurized. The soy formula wasn't wrong. Casey reacted to formula with dairy in it later, and had to be put back on non-dairy formula, but without orange juice or other Vitamin C rich juices or supplements, the problem was allowed to continue.

2. The day after birth, Casey was given a Hep B shot against her father's will. They told him he had no choice because it was “the law”--in a state which allows personal exemptions from vaccination. Listed side effects:
Symptoms: Studies involved observation for 5 days only Pain, tenderness, pruritus, erythema, ecchymosis, swelling, warmth, nodule formation, irritability, fever ( = 101°F oral equivalent), diarrhea, fatigue/weakness, diminished appetite, rhinitis, nausea; pharyngitis, upper respiratory infection, sweating; achiness, sensation of warmth, lightheadedness; chills, flushing, vomiting; abdominal pains/cramps; dyspepsia; influenza, cough, vertigo/dizziness, paresthesia, pruritus, rash (non-specified); angioedema; urticaria, arthralgia including monoarticular, myalgia; back pain; neck pain, shoulder pain, neck stiffness, lymphadenopathy, insomnia/disturbed sleep, earache, dysuria, hypotension, elevation of liver enzymes, constipation, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, multiple sclerosis; exacerbation of multiple sclerosis; myelitis including transverse myelitis, seizure; febrile seizure; peripheral neuropathy including Bell's Palsy; radiculopathy; herpes zoster; migraine; muscle weakness; hypesthesia; encephalitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; alopecia; petechiae, eczema, arthritis, increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate; thrombocytopenia, pain in extremity, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); lupus-like syndrome; vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, irritability; agitation; somnolence, optic neuritis, tinnitus, conjunctivitis, visual disturbances, syncope and tachycardia.

Hypersensitivity: Anaphylaxis and symptoms of immediate hypersensitivity reactions including rash, pruritus, urticaria, edema, angioedema, dyspnea, chest discomfort, bronchial spasm, palpitation, or symptoms consistent with a hypotensive episode have been reported within the first few hours after vaccination. An apparent hypersensitivity syndrome (serum-sickness-like) of delayed onset has been reported days to weeks after vaccination, including: arthralgia/arthritis (usually transient), fever, and dermatologic reactions such as urticaria, erythema multiforme, ecchymoses and erythema nodosum

This vaccine is so dangerous that the French public demonstrated and filed civil suits and got it removed from the infant vaccination schedule. Two days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov.23, 2000, Casey stopped eating, became lethargic and then quit breathing temporarily and became unresponsive and was taking to Mary Bridge Children's hospital. The pediatrician involved with this case, Dr. John Clapper, altered his pediatric records to say that she was vaccinated a day earlier and went to the hospital a day later than she did, possibly to avoid the 72 hr. vaccine injury required reporting period the law requires.

Blood tests showed an infection in the blood (sepsis) –and she was put on two very dangerous antibiotics by IV for three days. She had jaundice, high bilirubin, a urine reading consistent with bone resorption and such abnormal heart and respiration readings at one point that one of the doctors questioned whether the monitors had malfunctioned. They tried unsuccessfully to take cerebral-spinal fluid to rule out infection in the brain, beyond the reach of antibiotics (the blood-brain barrier), and just assumed it wasn't there, even though her symptoms, particularly lethargy indicated otherwise.

Dr. Clapper treated all of her symptoms dismissively, claimed the infection was probably “hospital error” from contamination, and that since no doctor had witnessed the life-threatening apnea episode at home, suggested that the parents had probably “over-reacted” and it never happened.

3. As Casey was being discharged, the nurses gave the parents a white business card with an 800 number to a nurse consultation phone service (hotline) under contract with Mary Bridge Hospital to handle calls about health issues. The parents were told that the phone nursing service kept in-house records of the calls. John called Sheriff's Det. Michael Hefty and gave him the 800 number, but instead of contacting the nursing phone service, the detective went to the wrong hospital (Tacoma General) and talked to the wrong nurses (floor nurses on duty at the time). They don't keep records of calls to the nurse's stations and of course didn't remember any calls from Casey's parents, because that wasn't who they were calling. The Detective went as far as getting a hospital information sheet with a different number to call for newborn care, and then claimed the parents both lied about making numerous calls to a nursing hotline. By failing to get the call records and claiming the parents never made those calls, he was able to charge both of them with felony negligence for failing to contact medical authorities earlier. I spoke to the current director of the phone consultation nursing service associated with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. She verified that they keep in-house records of who called, when, why and about which child, exactly as the parents told the investigators when questioned separately. However, she won't release the archived phone records without a subpoena, and the case must be reopened before subpoenas can be issued.

4. After Casey was released from the hospital, she remained lethargic and several new symptoms developed: fussiness, irritability, poor eating, not wanting to be held, and a frog-leg posture, all symptoms included in medical literature on Barlow's disease, but she also had the puffy cheeks (seen in forensic photos) characteristic of Infantile Cortisol Hyperostosis which generally presents with a swollen lower face and fractures in the ribs and clavicles, exactly what was found when she was 28 days old.

5. One day when John came home from work, he saw that Casey's head appeared to be changing into a cone or dome head shape. The hotline nurse he called advised him to change her sleeping position from the side (as advised by doctors because she was a “shallow breather”) to her back, and to get some sleep and quit worrying. The next morning her head had resumed a normal shape. There are many cases in medical literature where infants have developed flattened skulls from lying on their backs, but an overnight change would be unusual for a normal infant, although characteristic of prolonged Vitamin D deficiency where the skull becomes abnormally thin on the sides and back of the head, potentially resulting in a permanent dome-shaped skull. Photographs at three months show her dome-shaped skull, "bossed" (protruding forehead), hair loss on the sides and back of her head, thickened wrist joints, and she had other symptoms found in medical literature including thumb contractures which required hand splints while she was in foster care, all consistent with Vit. D deficiency. A study from 2008 on Vit. D supplements (pills) suggests that taking this synthetic form of D can make the problem worse, meaning that supplements added to formula aren't doing the job. Vit. D deficiency is now recognized as being epidemic in pregnant women, infants in particular and adults in general.

6. A week before the second hospitalization, Casey developed a severe respiratory condition and breathing difficulties. A hotline nurse guided John through the Baby Heimlich Maneuver chest compressions on the back to help break up congestion, which was repeated through the night until she coughed up a plug of yellow mucus and was able to sleep. Respiratory infections like that are symptoms found in both Barlow's disease and Vitamin D deficiency.

7. The next day while John was at work, “inconsolable, high-pitched crying” began—an exact description known world-wide of “cri encéphalique”, the characteristic cry of encephalitis, described as a “cerebral cry” caused by the pain of brain swelling. Encephalitis is linked to all vaccines. In fact, vaccine components have been used to experimentally induce encephalitis in rat studies.

8. At the same time she developed subconjunctival hemorrhages and red eyelids. A hotline nurse insisted it was just “colic” and red eyes from crying, and that she “didn't need to be seen” (that was their advice after every single call). Subconjunctival hemorrhages along with swollen, diffusely hemorrhaged eyelids are diagnostic signs of Barlow's disease, according to the medical literature.

9. About the same time, Casey had a tiny lesion at the corner of her mouth which was followed by a chocolate brown discoloration under her lower lip, and then three more lesions under the lower lip. I Googled the description (as I did every single sign and symptom) and discovered it in old scurvy literature—scurvy is a hemorrhagic condition (vascular fragility) with systemic effects and bone disease, often ending in “sudden death” (SIDS)--and the exact description was of an extravasation of blood under the skin, appearing blue, purple, black or brown, which can erupt on the surface into poorly healing skin lesions (ulcerated sores). They look like cold sores, which the hotline nurse insisted they were sight unseen and advised John to apply K&D lotion. The medical assistant at the pediatric clinic thought the same. THEY WERE NOT BURNS, as claimed by the ICU doctor, nor “a severe cut or laceration” as described by the forensic officer in his report. Any objective person looking at the forensic photos would know those crusted sores were not burns, which also would have left scars, seeped and been red around the edges. They might have been cold sores or vaccine sores, but John's description of what preceded the eruption led me to medical literature which identified the true cause. Nor were they considered to be burns the first few hours, or that description would have been on the forensic report which was directed by the ICU doctor. They became “burns” when everything was interpreted in terms of “abuse” to blame the parents.

10. The next day John got home and found a little blood in Casey's saliva and assumed she was just teething and suctioned it out. It didn't recur. Bleeding from the gums, esophagus or stomach often occurs in Barlow's disease. It was NOT from a contusion in the lungs as the ICU doctor claimed days after the fact. There was no contusion. She had “rales” (fluid in the lungs) and thickened lung walls from infection, not injury. At least that (rales) is what the pediatrician added to his clinic report. An area of “opacity” in a lower lung lobe was interpreted as a contusion (bruise). They needed to come up with some form of thoracic “damage” to support the abuse accusation.

11. On the Friday before a pediatric appointment the following Monday, which had been delayed because the doctor was on vacation and his office refused to refer them to someone else, John was sitting on his bed, playing with Casey by bouncing her in his hands (not smart, but many people do it), when she slipped through his hands. Her fall was broken by a padded laundry basket beside him onto a carpeted floor. It didn't even raise a bruise, but he called the hotline, a nurse went through a lengthy checklist and determined that Casey was uninjured, and “didn't need to be seen”. Her grandparents saw her the next day and told me she was fine, other than still lethargic as she had been since two days after vaccination.

12. On the day of the pediatric appointment, which was supposed to be an “after hospital” visit, but was listed by the doctor as a “well-baby” appointment, John ran errands and then picked up Melissa and the baby. They went an hour early and spent it with Medical Assistant Shelly LaVergne. She wrote a detailed report of the visit, all of the health concerns they brought up, and documented that there wasn't a bruise on Casey's body, just a red spot on her cheek that later erupted into a pimple or whitehead, as can be seen in the forensic photos. Melissa thought it was caused by a scarf pin the grandmother wore on her chest when she held Casey during a visit on the previous Saturday. LaVergne became concerned when Casey was laid on an examining table and let out an “ear-splitting” scream, followed by what she described as “inconsolable, high-pitched crying,” and went to get the doctor. Her concerns were listed at the top of the clinic report as the crying, the cold-sore type lesions and the red eyes. Her hand-written report was given to the prosecution. It was apparently withheld from the defense attorneys and certainly from the court. The parents didn't know it existed. That report alone could have changed the outcome of the case.

13. Dr. Clapper spent around a half hour with the family before calling an ambulance, which contradicts reports claiming he basically took one look at Casey and sent her to the hospital. He and John did not get along, because John was still distrustful after the earlier hospital fiasco. Also, John was the experienced parent of two children and was better able to understand what the doctor was saying and asking questions about. The doctor didn't even know John had another child and resented John being the one answering questions, which can be clearly determined from the police reports. He also was told that John was overheard making an accusation that must have enraged him—that he was just doing it (sending her back to the hospital) for the money. So, he targeted John by later telling investigators that in his experience, MOTHERS don't hurt their babies, which is not supported by statistics or even common sense. Criminal literature is filled with cases of mothers who harmed or killed their children. Current statistics on abusers put gender at near 50-50 with slightly more male offenders, with a historical increase in male perpetrators probably due to more males becoming caretakers in recent decades, with more working mothers. Dr. Clapper did an oxygen saturation test on Casey that came back normal. The fluid in the lungs and encephalitic cry alone were reasons to have her hospitalized. However, Dr. Clapper told the parents he was sending her to the hospital due to the "red eyes and skin lesions" which he suggested might be "child abuse".

14. The parents wanted to go in the ambulance, but the EMT's told them it wasn't allowed, contrary to accounts that attempted to make it look like they didn't care enough to do so, although Melissa apparently admitted being frightened of riding in an ambulance because they "go fast" (the Medical Assistant's report). Either way, John had to drive the car to the hospital.

15. John arrived at the hospital right behind the ambulance, dropped Melissa off and went home to pack a bag for them to stay at the hospital with Casey. He stayed to clean the apartment because he believed the hotline nurses who had assured them that she only had a bad cold, colic and cold sores and didn't need medical care.

16. Dr. Clapper initially marked everything as normal on his clinic report, and then criminally altered the medical form after the fact, listing symptoms that didn't exist or were found much later at the hospital—not by him.

17. Dr. Clapper called the police to meet the ambulance, but only to make certain the parents didn't interfere with her admission to the hospital, not because there were any actual signs of abuse. He admitted this in a report submitted by the defense counsel's investigator, and also that the parents caused no problems. If he had called in a case of suspected abuse to the police, they would have stayed at the hospital or immediately called in investigators on the case.

18. The appointment was at 10:15, but the family went an hour early and spent that time with the medical assistant. The ambulance was called at 10:45 AM, according to the nursing notes. Law enforcement wasn't called to investigate “abuse” until around 3:30 PM. That was Deputy Shaffer and another one. They called in Detectives Hefty (lead) and Hall, who arrived around 4:30 PM.

19. By that time, doctors had inflicted finger imprints on Casey's forehead from handling her. These were blamed on the parents, but were so slight that when Det. Hefty examined Casey some time after he arrived at 4:30 PM he didn't even see them, only the four skin lesions, as he admitted under oath at the 3.5 hearing.

20. Around 4:30, Forensic Officer Johnson took ten 35mm photos of Casey. His report lists fingermark bruising on her forehead that weren't there when she was picked up at the pediatric clinic, he mentions that a nose tube will be inserted by ICU Dr. Martha McCravey after he finishes, and he falsely describes four distinct sores as a “severe cut or laceration” on her chin. He also mentions a “torn frenum” which is the tiny piece of skin between lip and gums. Frenum lesions are described in Barlow's disease, which produces defective collagen and affects connective tissues. The slight finger marks on her forehead show where someone at the hospital had gripped Baby Casey's head probably to hold her still to insert a feeding tube or some other procedure.

21. The parents were interrogated separately and gave the same information. John was only asked about the skin sores, which were later “interpreted” as burns of some kind, up until the x-rays were seen. Melissa was additionally asked about a bruise on the cheek later in the day, but thought they were talking about the red spot on the cheek, and mentioned the grandmother's scarf pin as the probable cause. She wasn't allowed to see Casey and didn't realize they were talking about a large diffuse bruise that developed after the first set of photos were taken. The bruise was on the cheek opposite the one with the red spot. Any objective person looking at the photos with the cheek bruise right next to a very red ear could have figured out it was caused by a medical person holding Casey's head sideways on a bed or table, probably while she was being examined.

22. X-rays were brought out around midnight and shown to the parents and detectives at the same time. Callus formation on ribs and clavicles were described as “healing fractures”. Barlow's disease can cause fractures spontaneously, from normal handling, but it also causes a condition known as subperiosteal hemorrhages where bleeding from the skin covering on the bones calcifies and looks identical to “healing fractures in different stages” on x-rays. The only way to tell the difference is by microscopic examination of the callus material, which of course they didn't do.

23. Full body x-rays were taken after the chest findings. They were negative for head injuries.

24. Melissa was arrested shortly after the midnight viewing of the x-rays on a prior warrant and never spoke to the police again on advice from her attorney, according to the police reports. She knew nothing about head injuries at that time because they hadn't occurred yet, and yet the police reports indicated that she was interrogated by them about head injuries on the day of admission.

25. The next day they did a CT scan and found a small depressed skull fracture which caused the bone plate to overlap, two tiny subdural hematomas (inconsistent with blunt force trauma), and 12 pinpoint hemorrhages. ICU Dr. McCravey said the fractures and bleeding were “only hours old” which means it happened in the hospital, not while the parents had her. As previously mentioned, in rickets medical literature, bone abnormalities begin in the skull with thinning on the sides and back of the head, so thin that finger pressure alone can cause a depressed fracture. Barlow's disease is characterized by bleeding anywhere in the body. Subdural hemorrhage (SDH) is listed as a symptom in current online medical sites for infantile scurvy. Retinal hemorrhages (a primary symptom used to falsely diagnose SBS), which usually goes hand-in-hand with SDH and other bleeding inside the head can occur spontaneously. Abnormal bruising also.

26. Contrary to falsified police reports, John didn't find out about head “injuries” until he returned to the hospital the next afternoon to see Casey (but wasn't allowed to do so). ICU Dr. McCravey told him it was a “linear” fracture and withheld the information that it was only hours old after Casey had been in the hospital for two days. He didn't find out Casey had a depressed skull fracture with an overlapping bone plate until recently, when the police reports were read to him over the phone.

27. The ICU doctor, who knew the head injuries occurred in the hospital, claimed (according to the police reports) it required a force equal to “a fall from a 2-story building or unrestrained head impact in a vehicle accident” which is straight out of SBS literature and completely false. All of the triad of symptoms supposedly diagnostic of SBS (Diffuse Axonal Injury-DAI, Subdural Hematoma-SDH, and Retinal Hemorrhages-RH) are found in birth injuries, in medical conditions, and in documented accidental short falls as little as a couple of feet, according to medical and scientific literature. The doctor also used completely unrelated stories of accidental falls which did not produce these injuries, which had nothing to do with this case. In fact, Det. Hefty admitted at the 3.5 hearing that he never even told the doctors what the parents thought caused the injuries (the Baby Heimlich, bumping into a wall, and John dropping the baby), but instead used “hypothetical” examples when he spoke to the doctors. He also lied on his report, falsely claiming John said he “tossed the baby to within a foot of an 8' ceiling”. When I read that to John, he said, “that's crazy”. The mothers of both of his daughters saw him playing with the babies that way—sitting down and bouncing his daughters in the flat of his hands to make them laugh. My daughter showed him how to do it by pumping his arms up and down, as more accurately described by Det. Hall when John talked about it days after the initial interrogations. He volunteered the information the next time he saw the detectives (a week later), after learning about the skull fracture and bleeding, because he thought that was the cause. He was never, at any time, told that the head injuries were only hours old at the time they were found on the day after Casey was admitted to the hospital. He wasn't even told she had a depressed skull fracture, just a “linear” one.

28. Deputy Shaffer, and Dets. Hefty and Hall collaborated on falsified reports, claiming they were told as soon as they arrived at the hospital that Casey had suffered “massive injuries” and listed symptoms that weren't even found on that day. Most of the content of their reports was falsified, including making it appear as though they had questioned both parents about the head injuries on the day Casey was admitted to the hospital, which they did not.

29. Det. Hefty withheld a CPS report that seems to have disappeared. A caseworker spoke to both parents separately, who both assumed they caused the head injuries—John from having dropped Casey, and Melissa for having bumped into a wall or doorjamb while carrying her the night before the pediatric appointment, according to what she told the caseworker. Neither parent had told the other about these incidents. They both volunteered this information to CPS. On Dec. 26th, 2000, the detectives spoke to John at his apartment. He voluntarily told them about dropping Casey then for the first time. The detectives took information from the CPS report and used it as though they had gotten it themselves. Hefty had just gotten the report. He didn't even tell his partner about it, according to Det. Hall's report. Det. Hefty took the laundry basket and turned everything in to a forensic lab. The report probably would have found DNA on the rim of the basket to support John's account, but it never surfaced either. There are two other missing lab reports. When Casey was able to cough up mucus after the final Baby Heimlich treatment the night she got sick, John suctioned her mouth and emptied it onto a baby blanket or something similar, and he did the same thing when he suctioned bloody saliva out of her mouth which he thought was from teething. Lab reports may have provided evidence that she had a lung infection as he described, and they would have seen there was very little blood in her saliva to offset the doctor's claim (sight unseen) that she was bleeding from a "contusion" (bruise) of the lung caused by "assumed" blunt force trauma to the ribs.

30. A “hospital expert” diagnosed Casey with “Shaken Baby Syndrome” based partly on Dr. Clapper's false report of “fundal hemorrhages” (retinal hemorrhages) that never existed, as verified by an ophthalmologist at the hospital.

31. Casey developed more bruising over time in the hospital, all blamed on the parents. Legal documents claim she was admitted to the hospital with bruises all over her body.

32. Doctors put her on morphine for two weeks—counter-indicated in head injury cases. It also masked symptoms that could have been diagnostic of metabolic disease, particularly the pain in her legs that caused her to hold them in a frog-leg posture, that made her cry every time she was handled and to not want to be held, even later in foster care. The foster mother said Casey was so fussy when being held that they left her on a blanket on the floor, and she was observed holding her legs oddly during a visit with Casey and the foster family by her step-grandfather and the grandparents of her half-sister Sierra.

33. Casey developed swallowing difficulties in the hospital—a symptom listed in Barlow's medical literature. They did a surgical procedure on her that nearly killed her just to look at her esophagus for “burns” and to biopsy her stomach. She stopped breathing and had to be bagged and ventilated. There were no findings. Medical literature (Anesthesiology—a textbook excerpt sent to me by a doctor in England) instructs doctors not to put anything down the throat of an infant with a respiratory condition because it can stop their breathing. She was not tested or treated for any kind of infection in the lungs, or any kind of metabolic disease. There is no evidence from the pediatric records or DSHS financial records that she was given any kind of medical treatment whatsoever, other than an oxygen tube which wasn't needed at the time she was admitted to the hospital.

34. Tiny white lesions were found on the roof of the mouth, larynx and pharynx some time after the first forensic photos were taken and “interpreted” as burns. These specific signs are diagnostic of Barlow's disease. When more white lesions appeared in Casey's mouth while she was in foster care, they were diagnosed as “oral thrush” --a medical condition associated with immune deficiency, which is a common and expected side effect of antibiotic treatment.

35. When the x-rays were taken, there was callus formation on 10 ribs and two clavicles and nothing else. When another set was taken 10 days later in the hospital, there was callus formation on 10 new ribs where there had been no fracture lines or bone displacement before, indicating that either doctors broke more ribs or they were looking at calcifying subperiosteal hemorrhages in an on-going bleeding disorder. Studies have shown that a single rib broken by traumatic force has an 85% chance of causing “serious thoracic injury”. None was found when over 20 bones were considered to have been broken by “traumatic force”. Statistically, this is a near impossibility. Nor was there ever a single bruise or mark on her torso, before or after she was admitted to the hospital.

36. After Casey left the hospital, she continued to have respiratory infections, then diagnosed as “viral infections”. She developed eczema, a symptom found in Barlow's disease, although it probably has other causes. I also observed that her skin around her was perfect. No “burn” scars. She seemed perfectly normal at the time except for the way she held her legs. She was alert and interested in what we were doing (taking pictures). I held her and played with her during most of the hour visit. But for the 21/2 years her pediatric records continued, she was bombarded with vaccinations and continued to develop new “encephalitic” areas seen in the brain,.all attributed to former abuse. There were continued reports of “colic” which was most likely more episodes of “cri encéphalique” from vaccine-induced brain swelling and the terrible pain it causes. Also, after meeting developmental markers early on, she appears to have lost language skills and developed separation anxiety. She was taken from her parents, put in foster care for about 18 months, and then handed over to adoptive parents, all of which are reasons for extreme emotional trauma.

37. The doctors in this case violated emergency pediatric guidelines that instruct them to do DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS to eliminate medical causes before making an assumption of abuse. A ruling of child abuse is a legal determination meant to be made by cooperating authorities because clinical symptoms don't normally determine whether injuries are accidental or inflicted, and that is without even considering medical causes of the same symptoms. Any other flagrant violation of conventional medical protocol would likely result in a doctor's license being revoked and possible arrest.

38. ICU Dr. McCravey falsified a medical report of the case. (Details later.)

39. Pediatrician Dr. Clapper falsified a discharge summary of the case. (Details later.)

40. Dets. Hefty and Hall gave perjured testimony at the 3.5 hearing, but also made admissions favorable to the defendants that were ignored or overlooked. (Details later.)

41. The PSI (Pre Sentence Investigation) reports and all of the court documents were based on assumptions, falsified reports and missing documents, and as such were “fruit from the poisoned tree.”

42. The prosecution submitted a last minute altered motion to include an amended charge of assault by “recklessness” (accidental injury), essentially turning the defense's case against them without giving them time to prepare a defense claiming the parent's actions were accidental, but fell short of the legal definition of “reckless”. (This is an assumption of what their legal strategy would have been if they had time to prepare it.)

43. The court erred in not giving copies of the motions to the defense attorneys until just a couple of hours before a jury was to be seated. It was the only charge the prosecutor had a chance of proving based on statements made by the defendants themselves. The defense attorneys argued against it being allowed at the last minute, but failed to cite the exception to Collins involving a legal prejudice to the case. The prosecutor didn't want to go to trial without it and the defense didn't want to go to trial with it, in spite of it being favorable to their clients, so the parents were threatened with 40 years in prison if they went to trial and emotionally coerced into taking Newman plea bargains.

44. Melissa was given a plea bargain on condition that she testify against John, which she agreed to do, but had nothing more to offer. She knew no one intentionally hurt the baby. She tried to protect her plea bargain agreement by offering “evidence” against John on another unrelated charge against her which was not even a criminal act, in contradiction to the prosecution's portrayal of her as being intimidated, manipulated by John, or “loyal” to the man she loved to the point of withholding evidence. She told the truth, but the prosecution didn't believe her or John. The detectives never interviewed anyone in the family other than a brief conversation with her mother, which was hateful and incriminating towards Melissa. They didn't even speak to the mother of John's first-born child, who would have testified (in spite of her bitterness and pain over their breakup) that John was a loving and doting father who would never harm a child intentionally.

45. I spoke to Melissa in jail after she was arrested. She told me personally, “IF John hurt my baby, I'll KILL HIM. She never witnessed any kind of abuse or she wouldn't have made a statement like that, and according to John, he never saw anything that would make him suspect Melissa. He remains very protective of her. He believes she did the best she could with Casey, considering that she had no experience with babies.

46. When Melissa was arrested on a prior warrant during this investigation, jail authorities determined her to be “unfit for trial” due to her lack of understanding between right and wrong. According to the court file on that other case, Melissa should have been formally evaluated. That means she should not have been charged in this case, which was expected to go to trial until just hours before a jury was due to be seated. The investigating authorities either didn't bother to look in her other file, or withheld that information from the court.

47. John's attorney told him if he signed the Newman plea that Melissa would get a short sentence, that relatives were getting Casey and Melissa could get her back when she got out of prison and that he “would have a family to come home to”. It is unknown whether the attorney withheld the facts or simply didn't bother to find out that Casey was going to be adopted out to strangers, that both parental rights had been terminated and they wouldn't be allowed to have contact with Casey as a standard part of the court orders following conviction. John agreed to take the plea on that basis, to protect Melissa and Casey.

48. After the pleas were accepted by the court, John changed his mind and asked that the plea be withdrawn and to go to trial. His attorney filed the motion for the withdrawal and a hearing on the plea was scheduled for the same day Melissa was to be sentenced. Instead of waiting for the court ruling, John's attorney privately told him it “wasn't allowed” and apparently withdrew the motion without telling John it was supposed to be formally ruled on by the Judge.

49. John (and probably Melissa) was never explicitly warned by the court of the possibility of an “exceptional sentence” and was blind sided by the sentence. He was so emotionally distraught in court he couldn't even speak. He still didn't know the timeline of injuries never matched the events he thought caused them because the doctors and investigators withheld this information from everyone, including the court, and the probability of medical causes of the symptoms never came up. A specialist on bone disease was supposed to have been scheduled to examine Casey, but the appointment was apparently cancelled or never made. John signed the plea bargain agreement for 147 months (he had been threatened with certain conviction based on symptoms alone and 40 years in prison if he went to trial). Melissa signed one for a 4-year sentence. Instead of honoring the agreement made between the prosecutor and defense attorneys, the judge added 4 more years to each sentence, an "exceptional" sentence based on unproven facts, assumptions, false information and withheld evidence. John was given a 200 month sentence (16.6 years) and Melissa was given 8 years instead of 4. John has now been in prison over 9 years. Melissa was released in 2008.

50. The exceptional sentence violated Apprendi, which became case law in 2000 prior to the arrests. It required a confession or facts proven beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury before a sentence over the statutory maximum is allowed. That did not mean the maximum sentence allowed on the charges, only on the charge or charges that could have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury, and certainly not by the lower standard the Judge used (a preponderance of evidence). With the information the prosecutor had, the only charge that could have been proven at trial was “recklessness”, but only as long as the jury didn't find out the life-threatening injuries happened after Casey was admitted to the hospital. The rest of it would have come out at trial.

Dianne Jacobs Thompson  Est. 2007
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