i'm a skeptic on shaken baby syndrome (SBS) too.
can shaking alone cause subdural hematomas?
listen to this:
"Blake tracks SBS cases for both SBSDefense.com and 2nd Chair Services. She has followed 169 shaken baby cases in which medical records were available and which occurred between 1997 and 2007. Forty-one percent of the babies survived, she reports. (Her study is unpublished.) Thirty-one cases she followed resulted in a confession incolcing 'some form of shaking or shaking with impact,' she says. But such confessions, often used as the silver bullet to defeat SBS skeptics, became less conclusive upon further scrutiny. Thirteen of the confessions were admissions that the 'abuser' had merely shaken the infant as a way to attempt to revive it. Another 14 admitted to 'abuse' in a more general sens, which could have involved striking the child or hitting it against a wall or floor. Just three people in Blake's data set admitted to abuse by shaking- and shaking only. And at least one of those three infants, she says, already had a subdural hematoma, before the shaking incident."
- DISCOVER magazine, December 2008, pg. 68