After 4 Years in Prison Father Wrongly Convicted of Murdering His 15-Month-Old Daughter Due to SBS Has Charges Overturned in Alaska
Dr. David Ayoub, a radiologist who has testified in court on numerous occasions during Shaken Baby Syndrome cases testifying that other medical conditions can explain symptoms often used to accuse parents of child abuse, has stated that by his calculations there are about 50,000 parents currently in prison suffering from wrongful child abuse convictions. On July 26, 2019, one father, Clayton Allison, who was in his fourth year of a 30-year prison sentence in Alaska, had his conviction reversed by the Alaska Court of Appeals. Like many cases that are being overturned in recent years where a parent or caregiver is falsely accused of harming a child due to the medical theory of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a theory many are now calling "junk science," the original judge gave more credence to the State's doctor who was said to be "an expert in the medical evaluation of suspected abuse," then to the medical experts presented by the defense. The doctor whose testimony allegedly brought about this father's wrong conviction, Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, is listed as a "Primary Care Physician" on the Providence Hospital website. Her specialty is said to be "Family Medicine." A search in the American Board of Pediatrics website turns up a negative result when searching to see if she is certified as a "Child Abuse Specialist." She is apparently not even a pediatrician. She is, however, the medical director of Alaska CARES (Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services) in Anchorage, Alaska. She has apparently won awards from the "Sisters of Providence" for her dedication "to helping abused children." Her qualification for this role is reportedly that she took a single course on "how to evaluate children for signs of sexual abuse."