Sue Luttner is a technical writer and occasional journalist who found herself inside an astonishing medico-legal controversy, which she blogs about at On Shaken Baby.
Sue grew up in Lynwood, California, and earned a Communication/Journalism degree from Stanford University in 1975. After a few years as a journalist and copy editor, she joined Apple in corporate communications in 1979, the first step in finding her true calling as a software technical writer. You can see her work history on Linkedin. She now works at Astreya Partners, documenting internal engineering tools on contract for Google.
Over several months in the mid 1990s, Sue heard the story unfold as a friend’s adult niece was accused and ultimately convicted of shaking an infant in her care. Sue went to the medical library and reached an improbable conclusion: Child abuse physicians and prosecutors working with a flawed model of shaken baby syndrome are tearing apart innocent families and sending innocent parents and caretakers to prison in alarming numbers.
Sue was so staggered by the implications of her initial research that she has now spent 18 years educating herself, confirming her facts, and writing a book about it. You can read several chapters on line, starting with the prologue.
Her short piece on shaken baby syndrome in California Lawyer magazine, Shaken Convictions, is on line.
You can see her academic treatment of the subject in the on-line journal Argument & Critique, published under the title Shaken Baby Syndrome: Inadequate Logic, Unvalidated Theory, Insufficient Science—or read it in the objective voice Sue prefers under the title Shaken Baby Syndrome: Medico-Legal Miscommunication and the Derailing of Science.
Sue Luttner has collaborated with the Innocence Network on resources for attorneys appealing infant head-injury cases, and she edits research papers in the arena. For an article she edited for biomechanic John Lloyd, Phd, please see Biomechanical Evaluation of Head Kinematics During Infant Shaking Versus Pediatric Activities of Daily Living.
Sue is now finishing an important, engaging, and meticulously researched book on the double tragedy of shaken baby syndrome. For the first third of the book outline and links to sample chapters, please see http://onsbs.com/chapters/. Sue believes that the subject matter demands the credibility of a third party and is therefore looking for an agent or publisher, although she is open to self publishing. If you can help, please be in touch.