(Albany, NY – AP) – State senator Nicholas Spano has announced that the Senate has passed his Shaken Baby Syndrome bill.
The bill would make the reckless assault of a child a class D felony. Spano says this will help immensely in cases of shaken baby syndrome and serious beatings where children suffer terrible injuries but intent to injure can’t be proved.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a type of traumatic brain injury that happens when a baby is violently shaken. It usually occurs in children under two years old, but can be seen in children up to the age of five, according to national health statistics. It can cause neurological and mental disabilities, and is fatal in many cases.
The legislation was passed by the Senate on Tuesday, and by the Assembly on Wednesday.