If you ever need to hire an attorney to defend false allegations of shaken baby syndrome against you or a loved one, you need to obtain a qualified attorney who has experience handling these types of cases.  There are several different forums in which allegations of shaken baby syndrome are litigated, criminal, family or dependency court, and child abuse registry reports.  Each forum has a different burden of proof (Criminal is beyond a reasonable doubt, family court can be a preponderance of the evidence or clear and convincing evidence depending on the jurisdiction).  Ideally, not having criminal charges filed or getting criminal charges dropped without a trial is preferable to enduring the stress and anxiety of a criminal trial.  The same is true in family or dependency court, it is preferable to avoid the dependency petition, or to get it withdrawn without having to endure a trial, if that is possible.  Finally, though rare, allegations of shaken baby are litigated in child abuse registry expunction hearings.  Normally an expunction hearing will not be held if there was a dependency or criminal trial.  So, you may want to ask your prospective attorney in how many cases did they avoid criminal charges altogether or get criminal charges dismissed after arrest?  How many dependency petitions did they avoid altogether or get dismissed without a trial?  Of course you will ask how many cases of alleged shaken baby syndrome have they actually litigated as well.

The earlier you get a competent attorney involved, the better chance you have of avoiding criminal charges/ dependency petition altogether or getting the criminal charges/ dependency petition dismissed without a trial.  Sometimes the most important experience an attorney possesses is his/her experience in avoiding the criminal or family court trial.  In order to do that, an attorney must generally have prior experience specifically in shaken baby cases.

The vast majority of attorneys have never defended even one alleged shaken baby syndrome case.  Mr. Freeman has been involved in defending innocent parents and caregivers of false allegations of shaken baby syndrome  in over two dozen cases in five states and Canada and has defended false allegations of shaken baby at trial in 11 cases  including:

CRIMINAL:

Avoided the filing of criminal charges altogether in 9 cases.

Obtained dismissal of criminal charges after arrest without a trial in three cases.

Obtained not guilty verdicts in two criminal cases.

DEPENDENCY/ FAMILY COURT

Avoided the filing of a dependency petition altogether in two cases.

Obtained the withdrawal of dependency petitions without a trial in three cases.

Obtained complete dismissals and the immediate return of children to their parents after trial in four cases.

CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY

Withdrawal of child abuse registry reports in four SBS cases without a hearing.

Successfully litigated the expunction of an SBS child abuse report.

CUSTODY COURT

Successfully litigated an attempt by one parent to deny the other parent custody based on allegations of SBS.

Although Mr. Freeman has had a high degree of success in defending allegations of shaken baby syndrome cases in criminal and family court, these cases are extremely difficult and challenging.  Mr. Freeman has been successful in avoiding criminal charges for many clients and has, obtained favorable outcomes in criminal and dependency trials for many clients.   However, it should be noted that Mr. Freeman has not won every case and cannot guarantee the outcome of any case.

If you are in this situation, you may want to consult with Mr. Freeman about your case.  You can contact Mr. Freeman at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com or 1-800-580-0084.

This web page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.   You should consult a competent attorney for your specific case.

Counties in Pennsylvania:

Adams County Lackawanna County
Allegheny County Lancaster County
Armstrong County Lawrence County
Beaver County Lebanon County
Bedford County Lehigh County
Berks County Luzerne County
Blair County Lycoming County
Bradford County McKean County
Bucks County Mercer County
Butler County Mifflin County
Cambria County Monroe County
Cameron County Montgomery County
Carbon County Montour County
Centre County Northampton County
Chester County Northumberland County
Clarion County Perry County
Clearfield County Philadelphia County
Clinton County Pike County
Columbia County Potter County
Crawford County Schuylkill County
Cumberland County Snyder County
Dauphin County Somerset County
Delaware County Sullivan County
Elk County Susquehanna County
Erie County Tioga County
Fayette County Union County
Forest County Venango County
Franklin County Warren County
Fulton County Washington County
Greene County Wayne County
Huntingdon County Westmoreland County
Indiana County Wyoming County
Jefferson County York County
Juniata County

A safety plan is usually offered to a family when allegations of abuse are made and the County agency feels the need to protect a child or children in a home.   Typically the agency will threaten to place the child(ren) in foster care if the family does not “agree” to the safety plan.  Mr. Freeman represents families who are in this situation and has filed several civil rights lawsuits over the unconstitutional use of safety plans by county agencies obtaining two Federal Court decisions in favor of families over the past two years.  These recent Federal Court decisions in Pennsylvania have dramatically altered County Children and Youth Service agency implementations of safety plans.  The Federal Court decisions have agreed that asking a family to “agree” to a safety plan under the threat of placement of their children in foster care is coercive and triggers a due process right for the family to have a court hear the matter.  Prior to the Federal Court decisions County practice had been to coerce families into a safety plan and then not give the family any court hearing to contest the safety plan.  Now, after the Federal Court decisions, County agencies appear to be making attempts to give families some due process.  Whether the due process, if any, being offered to families by these County agencies is Constitutional has not been addressed by any Court.   If you are in this situation and are being offered, or have already signed a safety plan, you may want to consult with Mr. Freeman about your case.

In the first Federal Court decision, both parents were forced out of their home after they were falsely accused of abusing their son.    They were permitted only supervised visits.  Their son had a medical condition that was misdiagnosed as having been caused by child abuse.  With good legal representation, they were able to get their children back, get the dependency petitions dismissed, the ChildLine report dismissed and after they get their children back, filed suit to recover damages for their being forced out of their home.  Mr. Freeman represented this family throughout their ordeal.  The Federal Court decision is available on the Court’s website.  Click here for a copy of the Federal Court’s decision on safety plans.

In the second Federal Court decision, the father was accused of abusing his son and was forced to “agree” to a safety plan when the County threatened to place the son and an older daughter into foster care.  The father was permitted only supervised visits at the County agency once a week.  The father was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child and was arrested.  With good legal representation from Mr. Freeman, the parents won the dependency hearing and the return of their children.  Mr. Freeman was able to get the criminal charges against the father dismissed.  Mr. Freeman filed a Federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the family against the County and won. The Federal Court decision is available publicly on the Court’s website.  Click here for a copy of the Federal Court’s second decision on safety plans.

If you are in this situation and are being offered, or have already signed a safety plan, you may want to consult with Mr. Freeman about your case.  You can contact Mr. Freeman at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com or 1-800-580-0084.

This web page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.   You should consult a competent attorney your specific case.

Counties using safety plans:

Adams County Lackawanna County
Allegheny County Lancaster County
Armstrong County Lawrence County
Beaver County Lebanon County
Bedford County Lehigh County
Berks County Luzerne County
Blair County Lycoming County
Bradford County McKean County
Bucks County Mercer County
Butler County Mifflin County
Cambria County Monroe County
Cameron County Montgomery County
Carbon County Montour County
Centre County Northampton County
Chester County Northumberland County
Clarion County Perry County
Clearfield County Philadelphia County
Clinton County Pike County
Columbia County Potter County
Crawford County Schuylkill County
Cumberland County Snyder County
Dauphin County Somerset County
Delaware County Sullivan County
Elk County Susquehanna County
Erie County Tioga County
Fayette County Union County
Forest County Venango County
Franklin County Warren County
Fulton County Washington County
Greene County Wayne County
Huntingdon County Westmoreland County
Indiana County Wyoming County
Jefferson County York County
Juniata County

If a child is taken away from his/her parents, is that a civil rights violation?  The answer to that question is a very complex maybe.  Government employees such as social workers, police and prosecutors have both qualified and absolute immunity depending on the precise activity they are performing at the time.  Just investigating an allegation of abuse that turns out to be false is not necessarily a violation of a parent’s civil rights, even if the children were removed from their home.  While the Supreme Court of the United States has declared that the right of a parent to the care, custody and control of their children is a fundamental right, it is not an absolute right and the law says you do not have a right not to be investigated for child abuse.

You do have a right to what is called procedural due process which means that your right to the care custody and control of your child cannot be curtailed unless you are properly notified of what you are accused of doing and are given the opportunity to defend yourself.  In some cases, social workers may have violated a parent’s right to due process.  The analysis of whether your right to due process has been violated is complex and fact intensive.   You also have a right to what is called substantive due process.  This means there are some actions by social workers can be so egregious that they lose immunity and may constitute a civil rights violation, even if the parent was afforded all of the procedural due process provided by law.   If you are interested in exploring whether you may have a civil rights claim email me at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com.

Here is a civil rights lawsuit reported by the media and filed when doctors failed to do a complete workup for alternative medical explanations for the child’s condition and jumped to the false conclusion of abuse.  Civil rights complaint

Counties in Pennsylvania:

Adams County Lackawanna County
Allegheny County Lancaster County
Armstrong County Lawrence County
Beaver County Lebanon County
Bedford County Lehigh County
Berks County Luzerne County
Blair County Lycoming County
Bradford County McKean County
Bucks County Mercer County
Butler County Mifflin County
Cambria County Monroe County
Cameron County Montgomery County
Carbon County Montour County
Centre County Northampton County
Chester County Northumberland County
Clarion County Perry County
Clearfield County Philadelphia County
Clinton County Pike County
Columbia County Potter County
Crawford County Schuylkill County
Cumberland County Snyder County
Dauphin County Somerset County
Delaware County Sullivan County
Elk County Susquehanna County
Erie County Tioga County
Fayette County Union County
Forest County Venango County
Franklin County Warren County
Fulton County Washington County
Greene County Wayne County
Huntingdon County Westmoreland County
Indiana County Wyoming County
Jefferson County York County
Juniata County

A friend or family member takes their baby to the hospital and the next thing you know they have been arrested.  If the baby died then the police file homicide charges.  If the baby lives then assault charges are filed and the baby is taken away from his parents.  It seems like there is nothing that can be done to derail this medical-legal freight train.   The criminal attorney has no idea about how to defend the bleeding in the baby’s head or the fractures that have been found on the x-rays and he is talking plea bargain.   The child protective services take the position that unless or until the other parent “acknowledges” the circumstances, they won’t get their child back.  What can you do?

If you are trying to help a friend or family member in that situation you must understand that there are certain presumptions at work in the medical and legal community. Most of the medical community and all of the law enforcement and child protective community has bought into the shaken baby syndrome hypothesis that in the absence of any external signs of trauma, the very presence of a subdural hematoma (or hemorrhage) gives rise to a presumption that the cause of the subdural bleeding is abuse. Then (according to the hypothesis) the burden shifts to the parents to provide an “explanation” for the injury.  If the parents (or caregivers) can provide no “explanation” then in their minds (and oftentimes in the mind of the court) the case for abuse has been proven.  Any fractures discovered in the ribs or extremities only confirm the diagnosis of abuse.   This entire scenario repeats itself multiple times each day in the United States.  (It also flagrantly violates the Constitution’s due process of law requirements in many ways but that is another discussion!)

The bottom line is that as long as the medical community, led by the child abuse “expert”, are the ones interpreting the medical records, it is a virtual certainty that the medical diagnosis and legal conclusion will be that the child was abused by his parent or caretaker.   It is the medical records and the interpretation of those records that will convict the parent or caretaker.  In order to defend your loved one you must get the medical records, and get all of the medical records, and then get a second opinion. Keep in mind that there is a lot of political pressure in the medical community to tow the shaken baby syndrome line and doctors are oftentimes reluctant to disagree with the child abuse “expert,” at least publically.  Don’t be surprised if you find that most doctors simply rubber stamp the opinion of the child abuse “expert” without really considering all of the potential alternative explanations for subdural hematoma’s or fractures.   So, where do you even start?

Start with the records and be persistent.  Get the prenatal records – all of them.  Find out how many prenatal visits were attended by mom and whether she took prenatal vitamins and had prenatal blood work performed.   Get the birth records – all of them.  Get the nurses notes and the actual charts with the handwritten notations.   Find out when contractions started, when the water broke, were there any complications, medications administered or notes about the baby’s condition after birth.  Was there any blood work done?  Get the pediatrician’s records – all of them.  Get the chart that shows the notes of any sick visits, the newborn visit, the one-month visit, two-month visit, etc. Was any blood work done?  When and which vaccinations were administered.  Were there any sick visits, emergency room visits or hospital admissions?  Get the records!  (If you are noticing a pattern, you should.)  Get the records of any hospital admission – get all of them.  Get the handwritten chart notes, any reports from the emergency room admission, reports of any treating or consulting physicians, get the social worker reports, get a list of every order written by a doctor, get all of the lab results, get the radiology reports and, this is absolutely critical, get the actual radiological studies (this means the actual film for x-rays or, as is more common now, the CDs containing the digital data of the x-rays, CTs and MRIs).

Be persistent and don’t accept anything less.  Somewhere in all of these records is the answer to the question of what happened to this child.  You will have no defense unless and until you find out what happened to this child (Forget the notion that a person is innocent until proven guilty, when it comes to allegations of child abuse it is guilty until proven innocent.)  Then you need a thoughtful attorney who is experienced in these types of cases and can assemble a medical team that can review these records and get to the bottom of what happened to this child or all of your efforts will be in vain.

Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is the hypothesis proposed by medical doctors that an infant can be shaken hard enough to cause a bleed on the brain (a subdural hematoma or hemorrhage) without any external trauma or impact.   The problem with this hypothesis is that bioengineers could not confirm the hypothesis in the laboratory.   (When I was in college getting my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering I was taught that the scientific method required the abandonment of a hypothesis that could not be confirmed experimentally.)  The fact that the shaken baby syndrome hypothesis could not be confirmed in the laboratory didn’t stop medical doctors from promoting the hypothesis as if it were fact.  When it became apparent that science didn’t support the SBS hypothesis, the medical doctors promoting it changed the terminology to shaken impact syndrome.  Despite the change in terminology, the medical profession has never abandoned the notion that even when there is absolutely impact or trauma, a brain bleed can be caused by shaking alone.  Because a growing minority of doctors has been challenging and dissenting from the shaken baby syndrome hypothesis, in 2009 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended yet another change in terminology.  Now the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the term Abusive Head Trauma to avoid identification of a mechanism of injury.  Whatever it is called, the hypothesis is flawed and creates a danger to innocent parents.  In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has taken the position that the mere presence of a subdural hematoma alone, without any other evidence of abuse, gives rise to a presumption that the cause of the subdural hematoma is non-accidental or inflicted trauma unless the parents can provide an accidental explanation or “history”.  This presumption based on a flawed hypothesis has almost universally been adopted by the child protective services community and law enforcement and has been the cause of many innocent parents, caregivers and boyfriends being arrested and/or having their children taken away.

In many shaken baby cases there are absolutely no external signs of trauma to the child, the father (or boyfriend) is practically always the immediate suspect, and many parents maintain their innocence (in many cases because they actually are innocent) in the face of extreme pressure and coercion from the doctors, police and Children and Youth Services to “confess” to acts they didn’t do or didn’t see.  Once protective custody is granted to Children and Youth Services, they almost always take the position that if a parent, especially a mother, maintains that they are not aware that the father (or boyfriend) committed any acts of abuse, that the mother is failing to “acknowledge” the circumstances that led to Children and Youth Services obtaining custody of her child and this failure to “acknowledge” the circumstances places the child at risk if returned to the mother’s custody.  Children and Youth Services makes it clear that if the mother continues to maintain her innocence (and his innocence) then Children and Youth Services will keep the child or children away from their mother.   This amounts to extortion against the mother that if she does not testify against the father (or boyfriend) she will be denied custody of her own children.   Children and Youth Services makes it clear that in order to regain custody of her children, the mother has to “acknowledge” that the father or boyfriend committed acts of abuse.

If you are in this situation, you may want to consult with Mr. Freeman about your case.  You can contact Mr. Freeman at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com or 1-800-580-0084.

This web page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.   You should consult a competent attorney your specific case.

Counties using safety plans:

Adams County Lackawanna County
Allegheny County Lancaster County
Armstrong County Lawrence County
Beaver County Lebanon County
Bedford County Lehigh County
Berks County Luzerne County
Blair County Lycoming County
Bradford County McKean County
Bucks County Mercer County
Butler County Mifflin County
Cambria County Monroe County
Cameron County Montgomery County
Carbon County Montour County
Centre County Northampton County
Chester County Northumberland County
Clarion County Perry County
Clearfield County Philadelphia County
Clinton County Pike County
Columbia County Potter County
Crawford County Schuylkill County
Cumberland County Snyder County
Dauphin County Somerset County
Delaware County Sullivan County
Elk County Susquehanna County
Erie County Tioga County
Fayette County Union County
Forest County Venango County
Franklin County Warren County
Fulton County Washington County
Greene County Wayne County
Huntingdon County Westmoreland County
Indiana County Wyoming County
Jefferson County York County
Juniata County

When there is a report to the county agency of suspected abuse, the county agency is required to refer suspected cases of abuse to the appropriate law enforcement authority.  In many cases when the child lives criminal charges of assault, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child are filed against the father of the child or the boyfriend of the mother.  Normally a defendant will face a mandatory five year minimum sentence for these charges.  When the baby dies, the charge is murder or manslaughter and these sentences can be much longer like 20 to 40 years for third degree murder to life imprisonment and even the death penalty for first degree murder.  Many attorney’s have no idea how to defend allegations of shaking and make the mistake of trying to challenge when the “shaking” allegedly took place in an attempt to raise reasonable doubt that it was the defendant who committed the “shaking”.  This approach rarely, if ever, works.  Judges and juries are justifiably outraged when a little child is abused and they will generally hold the defendant accountable if there is no alternative explanation for the injuries.

What most defense attorneys are not able to do is challenge the diagnosis that the injuries could only have been caused by shaking.  There is significant scientific controversy surrounding the medical idea that a baby can be shaken hard enough by a human to cause a subdural hematoma at all or at least without first injuring the baby’s neck.  (See The Triad of Doubt of Shaken Baby Syndrome).    In addition, an attorney needs to look at the underlying medical information and not simply look at the reports of the child abuse “expert” or even the reports of the radiologists.  It has been found in many cases that alleged fractures and other injuries do not actually exist even though initial reports say the injuries are suspected or say they are actually there based on initial studies.   In other cases, once the allegations of abuse are made, any meaningful search ceases for a medical or metabolic condition that could account for the subdural/retinal hemorrhage or fragile bones and non-abusive fractures.  The allegation that a baby has been shaken is a defensible charge if the defense attorney knows the medical literature and about shaken baby syndrome and its controversies.

If the parent is accused of abusing their child, not only does the parent face possible criminal charges, they potentially face losing custody of their children through a dependency petition filed by the countychild support proceedings to reimburse the county for having custody of their child and a ChildLine report.

If you have been charged criminally in such a case, you may want to consult with Mr. Freeman about your case.  Mr. Freeman practices law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Mr. Freeman has also consulted in criminal and family court cases across the United States (outside of Pennsylvania and New Jersey)  and Canada.  You can contact Mr. Freeman at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com or 1-800-580-0084.

This web page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.   You should consult a competent attorney your specific case.

Pennsylvania Counties:

Adams County Lackawanna County
Allegheny County Lancaster County
Armstrong County Lawrence County
Beaver County Lebanon County
Bedford County Lehigh County
Berks County Luzerne County
Blair County Lycoming County
Bradford County McKean County
Bucks County Mercer County
Butler County Mifflin County
Cambria County Monroe County
Cameron County Montgomery County
Carbon County Montour County
Centre County Northampton County
Chester County Northumberland County
Clarion County Perry County
Clearfield County Philadelphia County
Clinton County Pike County
Columbia County Potter County
Crawford County Schuylkill County
Cumberland County Snyder County
Dauphin County Somerset County
Delaware County Sullivan County
Elk County Susquehanna County
Erie County Tioga County
Fayette County Union County
Forest County Venango County
Franklin County Warren County
Fulton County Washington County
Greene County Wayne County
Huntingdon County Westmoreland County
Indiana County Wyoming County
Jefferson County York County
Juniata County

For innocent parents who have had their child taken away by the county agency, the ultimate insult is that they are dragged into court to pay child support to the county agency.  This is because once a child is declared dependent, the county agency is granted custody and they, in theory, provide care to the child.  This is true even if the child is being cared for by family members or friends.  In reality, the county agency approves the family or friend for foster care and in most cases the family or friend is paid as a foster family.

Childline is a list of people suspected of abusing children and the federal government mandates that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania maintain this list.  The county agency will send a report to Childline of suspected abuse and then has 60 days to complete their investigation and report to Childline whether the report is “indicated” or “unfounded.” Anyone who has been “indicated” for child abuse may request an expunction of that “indicated” status and the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is required to give that person a hearing on the matter.  If there is a finding by the court in the dependency trial or criminal trial that any person did actually commit abuse, then the “indicated” report is changed to a “founded” report with DPW.  No one has a right to ask for a “founded” report to be expunged.

It is important to understand that you will not receive any trial or hearing BEFORE you are listed as an abuser on ChildLine, you will receive a notice that you already have been listed as a child abuser after the “indicated” report is made by the County case worker.  Then you will receive a notice that you can ask that the report be expunged.  If you fail to request that the report be expunged within the 45 day limit, you will be listed as a child abuser and will not be able to appeal the listing.  Without any trial or court proceeding, based on the investigation of the county case worker alone, you will be listed as a child abuser.  Being listed as a child abuser on ChildLine may impact your ability to obtain employment, particularly employment involving children, at a day care or school.  Being listed on ChildLine as an abuser may impact your ability to volunteer to coach a child’s athletic team, or to volunteer in child programs at church or elsewhere.

This webpage is provided for informational purposes only.  You should consult a competent attorney for legal advice on your specific case.  Mark Freeman practices law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and can be reached at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com or 1-800-580-0084.

Counties in Pennsylvania:

Adams County Lackawanna County
Allegheny County Lancaster County
Armstrong County Lawrence County
Beaver County Lebanon County
Bedford County Lehigh County
Berks County Luzerne County
Blair County Lycoming County
Bradford County McKean County
Bucks County Mercer County
Butler County Mifflin County
Cambria County Monroe County
Cameron County Montgomery County
Carbon County Montour County
Centre County Northampton County
Chester County Northumberland County
Clarion County Perry County
Clearfield County Philadelphia County
Clinton County Pike County
Columbia County Potter County
Crawford County Schuylkill County
Cumberland County Snyder County
Dauphin County Somerset County
Delaware County Sullivan County
Elk County Susquehanna County
Erie County Tioga County
Fayette County Union County
Forest County Venango County
Franklin County Warren County
Fulton County Washington County
Greene County Wayne County
Huntingdon County Westmoreland County
Indiana County Wyoming County
Jefferson County York County
Juniata County

Dependency petitions are generally filed when allegations of abuse or neglect are made.  If the county agency feels the parents are unable to care for their children, the file a dependency petition.  A dependency petition alleges that the children have no parent able to provide for the care of the child(ren) and thus, the child(ren) are “dependent” upon the County, thus a “dependency” petition.  If the county agency has taken a baby away with an ex parte court order and/or an informal hearing the county agency is supposed to file a dependency petition within 48 hours.  A hearing on the dependency petition is supposed to be scheduled within 10 days of the filing of the dependency petition.  With certain exceptions, a hearing is supposed to be held at least every 10 days until the dependency petition is determined.  Parents are supposed to receive notice of the informal hearing and any other hearings.  Although rarely enforced, there is a provision that requires release of the child back to the parent if, through no fault of the child or parent, the hearing is not held within 10 days.  Many court appointed and private attorneys either do not know of this provision or are unwilling to pursue release of the child because it necessitates an appeal to Superior court.  The informal hearing as well as the dependency hearing itself can be heard by a Master or by a judge.  The informal hearing is sometimes referred to as the shelter hearing or detention hearing.

If you are in this situation you may want to consult with Mr. Freeman about your case.  Mr. Freeman practices law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  You can contact Mr. Freeman at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com or 1-800-580-0084.

This web page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.   You should consult a competent attorney your specific case.

Pennsylvania Counties that file dependency petitions:

Adams County Lackawanna County
Allegheny County Lancaster County
Armstrong County Lawrence County
Beaver County Lebanon County
Bedford County Lehigh County
Berks County Luzerne County
Blair County Lycoming County
Bradford County McKean County
Bucks County Mercer County
Butler County Mifflin County
Cambria County Monroe County
Cameron County Montgomery County
Carbon County Montour County
Centre County Northampton County
Chester County Northumberland County
Clarion County Perry County
Clearfield County Philadelphia County
Clinton County Pike County
Columbia County Potter County
Crawford County Schuylkill County
Cumberland County Snyder County
Dauphin County Somerset County
Delaware County Sullivan County
Elk County Susquehanna County
Erie County Tioga County
Fayette County Union County
Forest County Venango County
Franklin County Warren County
Fulton County Washington County
Greene County Wayne County
Huntingdon County Westmoreland County
Indiana County Wyoming County
Jefferson County York County
Juniata County

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  • Mark Freeman is an attorney that got involved in defending those accused of shaking a child when a close friend was charged with child abuse for allegedly shaking his son.
  • After spending hundreds of hours investigating, reading medical journal articles and speaking with doctors from around the country about shaken baby syndrome, Mark confirmed with science what he knew in his heart, that his friend was innocent and that the doctors were wrong.
  • Since that first case, Mark has vigorously defended innocent parents of false charges of child abuse, regained custody of children for innocent parents and has defended innocent parents of criminal charges. Mark is now pursuing civil rights lawsuits in cases where false accusations of child abuse resulted in the violation of parents' civil rights.
  • Mark is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and consults with local attorneys in other states. Email Mark at mark@markdfreemanlaw.com or call Mark at: 1-800-580-0084