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Baby shake dad gets 15 years

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:30 am

A Flushing man was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison after a jury convicted him on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree manslaughter in the death of his 10-week-old daughter in October 2007.

Hang Bin Li, 28, of 43-18 Union St., was given the maximum sentence for violently shaking his daughter Annie and slamming her head into an unidentified object, causing a massive skull fracture, broken legs and catastrophic brain injury — injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma.

Li told police that, while holding his daughter, he had accidently bumped her head on a nightstand just before placing the call to 911.

Annie was declared brain dead on Oct. 26, 2007, and life support was withdrawn two days later.

“The sentence imposed today is a measure of justice for the defendant’s 10-week-old daughter, who was senselessly killed by the person who was supposed to protect and nurture her — her very own father,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

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  • JeremyMichael posted at 2:00 pm on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

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    There's nothing worse than watching a wrongful conviction as it happens, knowing that the defendant is innocent, but watching the system rail-road him regardless, simply because the prosecutor cannot admit she was wrong.

    The baby tested positive for osteogenesis imperfecta, a brittle bone disease. All of the "injuries" described, likely happened at birth. In fact, Mr. Li's sole expert (all he could afford via donations), the Chief Medical Examiner in New Jersey (http://blog.nj.com/iamnj/2007/09/zhongxue_hua.html), testified, “Based on the information provided to me, I do NOT see signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive Head Trauma in Annie.”

    And yet the jury still convicted, based solely on an emotional response. A baby died of natural causes, but we're going to make sure the father pays for causing the genetic defect.

    After spending 4 years in jail awaiting trial, prosecutors eventually dismissed the charges against his wife. The fabricated charges against her would have resulted in a maximum of 1 year in prison. They kept her in jail for 4 years, awaiting a possible sentence of 1 year, as punishment for maintaining her innocence, and her husband's. Likewise, Hangbin Li turned down a plea deal that would have allowed him to walk free (after spending 5 years in jail awaiting trial). But he would not, and still does not, admit to the lies put forth by the prosecutor, who cannot admit that she was wrong.

    Annie Li died of complications resulting from undiagnosed osteogenesis imperfecta. 4 years later, after defense counsel pursued the issue, the tests were done, and were positive. Hangbin Li was proven to be an innocent man, yet the prosecution felt their best strategy was to try him anyway, rather than admit that they had missed the obvious.