Dear Family/Friends of the Accused,

Thank you for your interest in was created in 2002 by jury consultant Toni Blake of 2nd Chair Services in San Diego, CA. This site was created to provide resources and information to those falsely accused of Shaken Baby Syndrome or other nonaccidental trauma to a child. The “Members Only” section was created for clients (defense attorneys with valid bar cards only) in an attempt to help efficiently transfer transcripts, motions, articles, and video clips to aid in trial preparation.

If your attorney is interested in becoming a member, please have them contact us. If you do not have an attorney, feel free to access our attorney page to find one of our members in your area.

Because of the volume of contacts we get, we are not able to give referrals to experts or comment on any cases that we have not reviewed. Current cases awaiting trial or juvenile court disposition will be reviewed only after the attorney retains our services. Interested parties may forward my email address and the following link to their attorney.

Attorney Membership Info Page

We are participating in a 20 year research project on SBS and Allegations of Non-Accidental Head Trauma to Children.  To be included in our Master Data Base of Medical and Legal Research on Allegations of Non-Accidental Head Injury to a child please fill out the following Release form and questionnaire.  You must be able to provide a majority of the following documents by dropbox or in some other digital form.

Non-Accidental Trauma Accusation Questionnaire –

  • Mother’s prenatal records
  • Baby’s birth and neonatal records
  • Well-baby checkup records and any visits to the hospital or doctor prior to the day of the respiratory arrest Acute Life Threatening Event (ALTE)
  • All hospital records from the day of the ALTE and any subsequent days of hospitalization
  • Follow-up doctor and rehab visits (if applicable)
  • Autopsy report and any neuropathology consults (if applicable)
  • A timeline of the baby’s history (dates of falls, illness, etc.)
  • Day Care Records (if applicable)
  • Preliminary transcripts
  • Autopsy (if applicable)
  • Court transcripts
  • Any available expert reports
  • 911 call
  • Ambulance Records
  • Police Reports
  • Statements and Witness Interviews
  • Child Protection Services records (if applicable)

Please be advised that neither 2nd Chair Services, nor Toni Blake, will offer legal advice and will not work with clients who do not have an interested attorney. Further, none of this information is intended to create a lawyer-client relationship. None of the records sent to our staff will be returned. By signing over your records (or a copy), you give us permission to use the data contained in those records for our database. This information is confidential and will only be used for research purposes. Your personal identification and details can only be shared in confidentiality with proper authority in the event that there is a question of scientific validity.


The following is a list of educational and legal resources available for those falsely accused of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” or nonaccidental trauma. These are not websites or persons in any way affiliated with website or 2nd Chair Services. As such, we are not intending, by listing them here, to endorse or align ourselves with any of the statements or opinions made by them or their websites. This list is simply intended to aid interested parties in finding information, resources, and alternative explanations to false allegations of abuse.


The Syndrome”  From “Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith and national award-winning investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith document the unimaginable nightmare for those accused and focus on the men and women dedicating their lives to defending the prosecuted and freeing the convicted.”

“How did the myth of “SBS” begin and who are the shocking people behind it who have built careers and profited from the theory? Both are unflinchingly identified. Shaken baby proponents want to silence their critics even as countless lives are ruined.”

See the trailer for The Syndrome here


“Flawed Convictions Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Inertia of Injustice” Debra Tuerkheimer

The Forensic Unreliability of the Shaken Baby Syndrome by Randy Papetti


See our Annotated Bibliography under Attorney Resources

Informational Websites

Case Law

Alternate Explanations and Medical Mimics

  • Coagulation or Clotting Disorders
    Blood clotting disorders can lead to easy bruising and internal bleeding with minor accidental trauma. It can even lead to the misdiagnosis of child abuse.  See alternate explanations.
  • Meningitis
    Bacterial meningitis is a rare but very serious infection which attacks the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream it can begin to cause serious damage to limbs and body appendages; it can also cause brain injury, severe intracranial bleeding, and can, if left untreated, lead to death.
  • Vaccines
    • National Vaccine Information Centerwww.NVIC.Org  Taken From Their Site “The non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is an independent clearinghouse for information on diseases and vaccine science, policy, law and the ethical principle of informed consent. NVIC publishes information about vaccination and health to encourage educated decision-making. NVIC does not make vaccine use recommendations. NVIC supports the availability of all preventive health care options and the legal right for individuals to make informed, voluntary health choices for themselves and their children.”

      Mission Statement – “The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and advocating for informed consent protections in medical policies and public health laws. NVIC defends the human right to freedom of thought and conscience and supports the inclusion of flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions in vaccine policies and laws.”

    • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (Vaers) Established in 1990, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events (possible side effects) after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. Healthcare professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention.

      VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences to CDC and FDA. VAERS is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused a health problem, but is especially useful for detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse event reporting that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine. This way, VAERS can provide CDC and FDA with valuable information that additional work and evaluation is necessary to further assess a possible safety concern.

    • The Global Vaccine Institute

Social Media Groups


  • Forensic Truth Foundation
  • 2ndChairServices


  • The Syndrome