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 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.

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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 or call Mark at: 1-800-580-0084