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Baby shaker guilty in daughter’s death

Flushing man killed 10-week-old, faces up to 15 years in prison

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:27 am, Thu Feb 14, 2013.

Hang Bin Li was convicted on Feb. 1 of second-degree manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the October 2007 death of his infant daughter.

The Flushing resident, 28, of 43-18 Union St., violently shook 10-week-old daughter Annie, slamming her head onto an object causing a massive skull fracture, breaking her legs and causing a catastrophic brain trauma. The injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma.

“It is shocking to consider that a father could inflict such brutality and suffering on one as young and innocent as his daughter. His horrific actions robbed her of her life and the countless potential it held,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Li called a friend on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2007, claimed Annie was sick and said he needed the friend to take her for a checkup. The friend arrived at 8 p.m. that night to find the infant sweating, immobile and making gurgling sounds. Her father neglected to seek immediate medical treatment despite her condition. Instead, Li called China to tell his parents and in-laws of his daughter’s state.

It took until midnight of the same day for Li to finally call 911, with Annie sent to Flushing Hospital. She was admitted without a heartbeat and placed on life support. She was declared dead four days later.

Li told police he accidentally bumped Annie’s head on a nightstand while holding her and immediately called 911.

At the trial, his attorneys argued Annie had osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, making her more vulnerable to major injuries from minor accidents. But a slew of medical experts brought forth by the DA’s office said Annie’s injuries were consistent with trauma attributed to shaken baby syndrome.

Li faces a minimum of one to three years in prison and a maximum of five to fifteen years in prison.

Joseph Orovic

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  • Sue Luttner posted at 1:39 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

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    I don't have enough information about the medical evidence in this case to know what happened here, but I do know that physicians working with a flawed model of infant head injury have been over-diagnosing abuse by shaking for some decades now. (Other reports of this trial, by the way, have made no mention of leg fractures and have noted that the infant Annie had a chronic heart condition as well as the osteogenesis imperfecta.)

    I know I sound naive, but years of research have convinced me that a number of legitimate medical conditions, including accidental injury, can cause the pattern of brain bleeding and swelling that doctors once thought could result only from abuse. Medical opinion is slowly changing, but old theories die hard. For the story of a family torn apart when their son's genetic condition was misdiagnosed as shaking injury, please see http://onsbs.com/prologue/