Sadly, more and more young men like Mr. Elliott are finding themselves facing life sentences for accusations of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Mr. Elliott told Health Impact News that on his wing, there are a total of twelve other prisoners, all claiming that they were imprisoned for SBS after their child suffered a possible vaccine injury.
Contributed to TLB by: Health Impact News and Vaccine Impact
By TLB Contributor: Christina England
Two years ago, I wrote about the case of a young girl in the U.K. who died after receiving an MMR vaccine which was believed to have caused her to suffer from an autoimmune disease. At the time, her care-giver Mr. Darryl Elliott had been sentenced to life in prison for her murder.
When I wrote the story I was unable to publish the child’s real name for legal reasons and had few details about the case. I am now able to write an update and have been given permission to use the little girl’s real name (as it has been named in other media sources like the BBC.)
Parents and care-givers worldwide are being falsely accused of harming and killing children due to a charge of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS), and often this is occurring shortly after receiving vaccinations. It has been admitted by medical professionals that adverse reactions to vaccines can occur in some children and these are listed in the package inserts produced by the vaccine manufacturers.
Unfortunately, an alarming number of medical and law enforcement professionals are quick to accuse care-givers of shaking their infants so hard that they have caused them to suffer from (SBS), defined by a triad of serious brain injuries that can also be attributed to vaccine adverse reactions.
Medical professionals are quick to dismiss adverse reactions to recently administered vaccinations, or never consider them to begin with, while parents and care-givers are automatically assumed to be guilty of horrendous abuse, including the murder of young children. However, if these children have been shaken so violently that it has caused them to suffer extensive brain injuries, then why have so many suffered no external injuries as a result of their assault?
We need to ask ourselves whether just shaking alone can cause these injuries or if there are alternative explanations as to why these injuries occur.
A Young Man Faces Life Behind Bars
In June 2015, I visited Darryl Elliott, a 33 year-old man serving a life sentence for allegedly committing Shaken Baby Syndrome.
The prison was, as one would expect, a maximum security facility, surrounded by high security fences and gates en-mass, many of which were guarded by well-trained sniffer dogs and security guards. In other words, it was just the sort of place you would expect a child murderer to be. Except for one important thing, according to the evidence supplied by a variety of leading experts, including Dr. Michael Innis and Consultant Histopathologist Dr. Marta Cohen, Mr. Elliott is innocent.
So, what went wrong?
Brief Synopsis of Darryl’s Story
Amelia Bowmar was a healthy, happy, mischievous toddler until she received her MMR vaccination in May 2012. Within days, her care-giver, Mr. Elliott, noticed a lump on the back of Amelia’s head. The lump was obviously causing the little girl some discomfort, so when her mother (who wishes to remain anonymous) returned home from work, they took her to the local hospital.
When asked how she was injured, Mr. Elliott was unable to account for the lump but thought that the family’s puppy may have knocked over Amelia. Later, it appeared that the injury might have occurred when she had banged her head on a coffee table whilst being changed at her grandma’s house.
‘Blame the Parent’ Theory
While Amelia was in hospital, the doctor noticed that she had a small bruise on the back of her calf and the doctor contacted social services because he believed that the bruise was a human bite mark. Social services decided to place the couple’s two children in the care of their grandparents pending further investigation.
After a full investigation, the allegation that she had been bitten was unproven and social services returned both of the children.
However, everything suddenly changed two months later, when after being “off colour” all day, Amelia began vomiting.
Mr. Elliott informed Health Impact News that to make Amelia more comfortable, he had decided to bathe her, as he lifted her out of the bath, she slipped and banged her head, swallowing some water before bringing it back up. After drying and comforting Amelia, he checked her over and noticed no signs of head trauma.
However, around twenty minutes later everything changed, he said:
Around 20 minutes later I left her on a sofa (40cm) left the room briefly to fetch her a drink and returned to find her on the floor facing the ceiling. I picked her up and she curled into a c shape position. I turned her round to face me, tipped her head forward where I saw her eyes rolling to the back of her head and she looked like she gasping for air. I panicked and shook her about 6 times then called 999.
Sadly, Amelia never regained consciousness and later died in hospital of what medical professionals diagnosed as severe head trauma and pneumonia. Amelia was said to have suffered no back or neck injuries and reports do not identify that she suffered from any external injury whatsoever. Despite this fact, however, Mr. Elliott was accused of shaking the little girl so hard that he caused her brain to bleed and swell and was later charged with her murder.
(Mrs. Peel, Darryl’s mother, informed Health Impact News that the diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome was not mentioned until after Darryl was arrested.)
Sentenced to Life in Prison
At his trial, Mr. Elliott was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
However, according to Mr. Elliott’s mother, Liz Peel, her son’s lawyer prevented any expert witnesses from giving evidence in support of her son, including Dr. Marta Cohen, a Consultant Histopathologist at the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and a leading expert in SBS cases.
This was extremely odd, as Dr. Cohen is famous for being outspoken in her testimonies and believes that the triad of injuries can also be caused by a traumatic birth, short falls and breathing difficulties. So, why did Mr. Elliott’s own lawyer prevent Dr. Cohen’s evidence from being heard?
According to Mrs. Peel, the lawyer has since told her son that Dr. Cohen’s evidence was outdated.
However, was her evidence outdated, or could it have been because Dr. Cohen had previously been restricted from giving evidence in SBS cases because of her so-called outspokenness? Dr. Cohen’s evidence was not the only evidence that was allegedly prevented from being heard at Mr. Elliott’s trial. The papers that I had offered as alternative evidence were also deemed as unsuitable. According to Mrs. Peel, her son’s lawyers had told her son at the time that “all of the doctors had been discredited.”
As I had offered the defense team a selection of powerful scientific papers from leading SBS professionals from around the world, we need to ask ourselves why Mr. Elliott’s lawyers had informed his client that these professionals had been discredited when I have found no evidence to support this.
If this were not bad enough, Mr. Elliott was also prevented from taking the stand in his own defense. According to Mr. Elliott, this was because his lawyer had advised him not to give evidence, saying that if he didn’t give evidence, he was more likely to be found guilty of manslaughter than if he took the stand, because “cases are not won on the stand but they can be lost there.”
In fact, it appears that Mr. Elliott’s so-called defense team, were so keen on locking their client up, that a week before the trial was due to begin; they allegedly offered him a plea bargain! According to Mrs. Peel, the lawyer informed her son that if he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, he would more than likely get 6-8 years in prison and could be free in as little as three if he kept his head down.
Mrs. Peel told Health Impact News:
I don’t know why they blocked everything we told them but I do know that it has cost my son his freedom. I also wasn’t allowed in court until it was time to give evidence and by then all the medical evidence was over.
This is all extremely suspicious to the family, and they cannot help but question the lawyer’s true motives.
Were Vaccines Responsible for the Death of Amelia?
It is possible that Mr. Elliott did shake the little girl in a fit of rage; after all he did admit to shaking her about six times before dialling 999. However, the light shaking of an unresponsive child is often reported by parents in cases such as this and should not automatically be classed as evidence of foul play.
Former Sergeant Christopher Savage of the Queensland police explains this in detail in an interview on VacTruth in 2012. He said:
Parents become subjects of the investigation regardless … in other words, police are looking for evidence of wrongdoing by anyone living in the house where a person dies, and of course, this includes babies. In the case of babies, police are told to seize clothing, medication and bedding for forensic analysis.
The shaken baby accusation may come if a parent recalls to police that they picked up [the dead baby] and shook the baby … or the autopsy finds physical signs such as bruising, broken ribs and the swollen or inflamed cerebral cortex.
The problem I have with the above scenario is that, in my experience, many parents who find their baby unresponsive, limp and lifeless, pick the infant up and give them a gentle shake to try to revive them. Parents may also be wrongly accused of shaking their baby to death if they inadvertently use the word ‘shake’ when they actually mean to say ‘bounce’ or ‘pat.’
In other words, parents are accused before all other scenarios are considered.
Other Possible Causes of Death Never Fully Examined
Amelia may have been suffering from an underlying illness or autoimmune disease, but she had not been tested. It is possible that small amounts of water entered Amelia’s lungs when she slipped in the bath, causing the pneumonia that was listed on the autopsy report as a cause of death and she may have suffered a fatal short fall injury after she fell from the sofa. (Please read Shaken Baby Syndrome and Fatal Short Fall Injuries.)
These are all possible causes that should have been fully examined, however, according to Mrs. Peel, no alternative cause for Amelia’s death was examined in court.
Was the MMR Vaccine to Blame?
There is one other possible underlying factor that I have not discussed, and that is the MMR vaccine that Amelia had received just a few months earlier.
Dr. Scheibner has been studying the link between vaccination and Shaken Baby Syndrome for many years. She believes that parents worldwide are being falsely accused of shaking their children following a post-vaccination injury.
In her paper, Shaken Baby Syndrome – The Vaccination Link, in which she cites numerous studies linking vaccinations to brain injuries, she stated that:
Bruising and easy bleeding is one of the characteristic signs of the blood clotting disorder, thrombo-cytopenia -a recognized side-effect of many vaccines. Its first signs are easy bruising and bleeding and petechial (spot-like) rash. Thrombo-cytopenia may result in brain and other hemorrhages (Woerner et al., 198112).
Bulging fontanelle due to brain swelling was described by Jacob and Mannino (1979)11 as a direct reaction to the DPT vaccine. They described a case of a seven-month-old baby who, nine hours after the third DPT vaccination, developed a bulging anterior fontanelle and became febrile and irritable.
Knowing this information, we must ask ourselves whether it is possible that Amelia was not murdered by her care-giver as suggested by over-zealous and under-informed medical staff, but had instead suffered a fatal adverse reaction to the MMR vaccination.
Brain injuries, including encephalitis and convulsions, have been linked to the MMR vaccine for many years.
The CDC Admits the MMR Vaccine Can Cause Seizures
- Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about 1 out of 3,000 doses)
- Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4)
- Temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses)
Severe Problems (Very Rare)
- Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
- Several other severe problems have been reported after a child gets MMR vaccine, including:
- Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
Is it possible that Amelia’s bleeds to the brain were caused by a temporary low platelet count, causing her to bleed internally?
This was listed by the CDC as one of the “moderate problems” caused by the MMR vaccination.
As expected, the CDC used a “get out of jail free card” at the end of the adverse reactions section, stating:
“These are so rare that it is hard to tell whether they are caused by the vaccine.”
More Evidence Sheds New Light on this Case
Dr. Michael Innis has since written several reports on Mr. Elliot’s case. In one of these reports that he and the family are happy for me to share as part of this article, he wrote:
Their preoccupation with the Shaken Baby Syndrome hypothesis also ignored the elevation of the level of Glucose in the blood and the presence of Glucose in the urine of Amelia. Both these features are manifestations of an autoimmune response to antigenic stimulation as I have explained. In this case it was the vaccines given to Amelia a few days prior to her falling ill which initiated the process.
Vaccines caused the problem and Darryl Elliott was blamed. There is a simple solution to this problem- a “skin prick test” before administering the vaccine to determine vaccine sensitivity in the child. The test, though not 100% specific, should be compulsory.
Should this perspective by Dr. Innis be considered by medical professionals around the world, as this simple test could potentially save the lives of thousands of children worldwide?
For further evidence of the type of injuries that Amelia suffered as result of the vaccinations, Dr. Innis has written the following papers: Autoimmune Tissue Scurvy Misdiagnosed as Child Abuse and Tissue scurvy misdiagnosed as shaken baby syndrome homicide.
Are False Convictions in Shaken Baby Syndrome Cases Becoming Common?
Sadly, more and more young men like Mr. Elliott are finding themselves facing life sentences for accusations of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Mr. Elliott told Health Impact News that on his wing, there are a total of twelve other prisoners, all imprisoned for SBS after their child suffered a possible vaccine injury.
This is the same story told to me by prisoners from a variety of prisons worldwide.
Mr. Elliott states that he will never stop fighting to clear his name and his hard work and determination may have paid off.
After the many reports and letters that Dr. Innis has written to the UK Parliament, the Attorney General and the General Medical Council, plus the continuous belief of his mother and her persistence in gaining more evidence of reports from experts worldwide, Mr. Elliott’s case is being reviewed by the UK Innocence Project. This action could result in an appeal in the very near future.
Sadly, due to Mr. Elliott’s continuing situation, he and his mother have been banned by his former girlfriend from seeing his two birth children, causing them great sadness. Mr. Elliott recently went to court to request the right to have his children visit him. However, the hearing was cancelled due to a video link breaking down and had to be rescheduled.
The entire legal process of prosecuting parents for shaking their young children needs to be seriously questioned and revised. Not all parents are guilty of child abuse simply based on the physical evidence upon examining the child by a doctor. The merit of each case should be examined in full before a parent is blamed for murder.