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  The same is true in family or dependency court, it is preferable to avoid the dependency petition, or to get it withdrawn without having to endure a trial, if that is possible.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

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

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

  • 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