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Man sentenced after shaking babies

May 31, 2005

Albany--- An Albany man gets 10 years in prison for damaging two babies brains by shaking them. Twenty-four-year-old Jamie White was the father of both infants, under the age of one when they were shaken.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is nothing new, but doctors and police are now better equipped to spot it.

Prosecutors say in May 2001 and November 2002 Jamie White shook two babies violently. Assistant D. A. Chris Cohilas said "Causing significant brain injury to both children."

The mother of 8-week-old Blake, Amy Broadaway, says she understands the frustration some people have taking care of infants. "Especially when you don't much sleep at night, and they can't seem to settle down. You are exhausted and they are crying. I think the frustration feeds off of each other."

Amy says she can never imagine hurting a baby, but Doctors see it too often. Dr. Bruce Smith said "Holds them by the shoulders or the upper arms, and says will you quit crying or will you quit whatever, and are really mad at them."

The whiplash effect causes blood vessels in the brain to burst, and can kill. Doctors are more willing to report the cases now.

Assistant D. A. Chris Cohilas said "Now Law enforcement community has really responded, and created a greater degree of sophistication in being able to recognize these factors."

Caring for babies can lead to anger and frustration, but it's best handled by calling for help. Amy Broadaway said "A support system. Having family and friends who can give you a break if you need it, for 30 minutes or an hour."

Dr. Smith and Assistant D. A. Cohilas agree that there are more shaken baby cases in Georgia today, but it's because the medical community knows more about spotting them, and are willing to report them to law enforcement.

Jamie White got 23 years, 10 in prison. He is also banned from being around children under the age of 13 without supervision.

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