A study of shaken child syndrome helps release a 15-year-old prisoner


San Francisco (AP) — A one-month-old son after prosecutors and judges agree that the underlying scientific research has changed significantly in recent years, what was once called “shaken child syndrome.” The man, who was imprisoned for 15 years for his death, was released.

Clifton Jones, 45, was released from Soledad State Prison this month after a judge agreed to resent him for a lighter crime.

“The mistakes made have finally been corrected,” Jones told The Associated Press.

Jones was arrested the day after his son Clifton Jones Jr. died on December 13, 2005. After gaining freedom on April 15, one of the first things he did was to visit the children’s grave.

“I had just released the locks and it was very difficult, but I needed it because it was a little more of the closure I needed,” he said. “I’m still living his last moment in my arms. It’s very, very difficult to get out of your heart.”

The Jones case is one of a series of recent legal challenges to what was accepted as evidence of Shaken Child Syndrome, at some point due to swelling and bleeding of the brain inside the skull and behind the eyes. It was decided. Medical experts now say that the obvious patterns of injuries are less clear and those symptoms can sometimes be caused by short accidental falls.

Jones’ defense alleged that the child died after accidentally falling home. They claimed that Jones stumbled on his shoes and couldn’t break the stumbling block, he and his son fell on the wall, and the baby struck behind his head, eventually leading to his death.

However, following the testimony of two experts that Shaken Child Syndrome may have caused the death of a child, Jones was found guilty of manslaughter and child abuse by a jury on the death of his son. After being sentenced, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

In February, his lawyer, Anjali Srinivasan, worked with the Northern California Innocence Project to testify that medical testimony may have been accurate at the time of the trial, but recent medical advances have shaken child syndrome testimony. He filed a request for release, claiming that he was showing. Be false.

The California Superior Court in Sacramento has rejected the petition, saying it wants to receive an expert declaration.

However, the team was released after months of negotiations with a prosecutor who agreed to file a petition to resent Jones to endanger a child who could be sentenced to up to six years in prison. It allowed him to be released immediately without parole.

“Note that the underlying scientific research of what was once called’Shaken Child Syndrome’has changed significantly over the past few years,” Sacramento County District Attorney Rod Nogard emailed. I am writing in.

“After reviewing the history of the procedure, the facts underlying the conviction, and Mr Jones’ initiative in rehabilitation during imprisonment, we asked the court to revoke the decision and resent the defendant. We considered and agreed, “added Mr. Nogard.

While in jail, Jones said he took business and social and behavioral science classes and hoped to start his own business someday. For now, he wants to help those who have been unfairly imprisoned or severely sentenced.

“I’ve regained my life so I can help be the gateway to them, but they’re still pending,” says Jones, who moved to Alabama near his family. I did.

Srinivasan said he plans to pursue Jones’ “more complete immunity” in the future.

“We are grateful to DA’s office for joining us in seeking that motion, and we are confident that releasing him as soon as possible has helped in the interests of justice.” She said.