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Child Neglect and Child EndangermentChild abuse and child neglect are two entirely different types of offense, and while child abuse is typically a crime that is more heavily punished, child neglect can also end in a misdemeanor or felony charge, and a loss of parental rights. If you have been charged with child neglect, do not hesitate to contact an attorney at once.

What is Neglect?

Neglect happens when the parents of a child fail to provide their child adequate food, clothing, supervision, shelter, and other needs. For example, it would be considered neglectful to leave a newborn baby or toddler at home by themselves for any length of time, especially for hours or all day long. A parent would also be subjecting their child to neglect if they allowed the child to participate in very dangerous activities, such as driving a car or lighting illegal firecrackers. Allowing a child to do very dangerous activities might be considered child endangerment.

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Shaken Baby Syndrome Faces QuestionsLosing a baby is one of the worst things that can happen to a parent. The nightmare becomes even worse for a parent if he or she is suspected of causing the child’s death from shaken baby syndrome. However, over the past several years, questions have arisen as to the validity of the science that backs up shaken baby syndrome claims against parents and caregivers.

What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome is a specific type of traumatic brain injury that happens when a baby is violently shaken. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, since babies have large and heavy heads and weak neck muscles, shaking them can make their brain bounce around in their head. The shaking them causes swelling, bruising, and bleeding which can lead to permanent brain damage or death. While children up to age five have been seen with the condition, it generally occurs in children under age two. Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome include vomiting, convulsions, breathing problems, and lethargy. One of the difficult things in identifying the culprit in a shaken baby syndrome case is that symptoms often come on many hours after a baby is shaken.

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