From: Greegor on 13 Mar 2010 15:33
( Suzanne [ M. ] Listro [ Wrobel ], 43  of 260 Stearns Road [ 12
Candide Ln Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268-2704 ] )
Defense For Mansfield Woman Accused In Child's Death Attacks State
By DAVID OWENS March 13, 2010
VERNON, CT The defense for a woman arrested in the death of her
child continued on Friday to attack the existence of "shaken baby
syndrome" with testimony by a neurosurgeon and a forensic pathologist.
Suzanne Listro, 44, of Mansfield, is charged with manslaughter and
risk of injury to a minor in connection with the death of Michael
Brown Jr., a 7-month-old boy placed in Listro's home by the state
Department of Children and Families.
The boy died of "blunt traumatic head injury" May 19, 2008. Listro
said the boy fell 26 inches from a bed to a linoleum floor. The state
contends that the boy's injuries are not consistent with such a fall
and that Listro caused the head trauma. State witnesses have said the
injuries could have resulted from shaking the baby.
Dr. Ronald Uscinski, a neurosurgeon from Maryland, and Dr. Janice
Ophoven, a forensic pathologist from Minnesota, testified that Michael
was medically fragile because of a prior injury that caused him to
suffer from a chronic subdural hematoma, or bleeding on the brain.
When Michael fell from the bed, the two experts hired by the defense
argued, it proved catastrophic.
Most so-called short falls are not fatal for children, and Dr. H.
Wayne Carver II, the state's chief medical examiner, testified that
the injuries Michael suffered were not consistent with such a fall.
Also, the subdural hematoma had healed, the state's medical witnesses
Uscinski testified Friday that it had not healed because the blood
removed from Michael's head during treatment May 19, 2008, was liquid.
That means it was an old wound, he said. Blood in old subdural
hematomas liquefies, Uscinski said.
Because it was an old injury and not yet healed, a short fall from the
bed to the floor cannot be ruled out as the cause of Michael's death,
Uscinski, who charges $10,000 a day to testify in trials and Ophoven,
who charges $4,000, said shaken baby syndrome does not exist because
it is impossible for an adult to injure a child's brain by shaking