Teen boy dies 14 years after he was ‘shaken as a baby’

2018-12-19 12:51
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A teenager died from injuries he suffered 14 years earlier when he was “shaken as a baby”.

Jack Mitchell, from Harwich, England, suffered “severe traumatic brain” when he was just four months old, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

Jack, who was also wheelchair-bound, had lived with cerebral palsy his whole life, BBC News reports.

He lived with epilepsy, curvature of the spine and blindness along with several other disorders and ailments.

Jack was taken to hospital in May 2001 after he was found by unresponsive by police officers. He was just four months old at the time. According to one of the policeman there was “clear” indication of “significant trauma”.

Medical practitioners found his injuries to be “those expected in shaken baby syndrome”, Metro reports.

They also determined that those “non-accidental injuries left Jack with significant medical conditions”.

Detective Stuart Truss told the court a person was convicted of offences in relation to the Jack being shaken.

He also told the court that Jack was taken into care before he was adopted by his foster family.

The boy died on 13 March 2015, about 14 years after the incident.

Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray told the court Jack died as a direct result of the injuries sustained when he was shaken, Essex Live reports. 

She said Jack died as a result of traumatic injuries he suffered when he was an infant.

The court is considering bringing new charges in relation to his death.

Sources: BBC News, Essex Live, Metro


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