Man Reaches Plea Bargain in Shaken Baby Case ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Man Reaches Plea Bargain in Shaken Baby Case

A man accused of causing his baby's brain injury in a shaken-baby case has entered into a surprise plea bargain (31OCT06), averting a retrial over than a year after his original jury conviction was overturned. Mehdi Belahbib was accused of causing his toddler son to suffer serious brain injury in 2001 by failing to get him prompt medical attention. Belahbib pleaded no contest in court to these allegations. According to Belahbib's lawyer Dennis Latimer, a Stanford University pediatric expert would have testified at a retrial that the baby's injuries were more likely to be caused by a natural blood disorder than by being shaken by Belahbib. In exchange for a great-bodily injury enhancement being dismissed, Belahbib entered a no contest plea to single felony child abuse. Latimer says, "This has been a long legal struggle, and I believe we finally have received justice."

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