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. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then a legal copy editor before joining the corporate communications team at Apple Computer, the first step in finding her true calling as a technical writer. She has recently retired from Google, where she was documenting internal engineering tools. You can see her work history on Linkedin.
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 started attending conferences and following up at the medical library, and she eventually 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.
She was so staggered by the implications of her initial research that Sue has now spent 20 years educating herself, confirming her facts, and writing a book about it. You can read several chapters on line, starting with the prologue.
Sue 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 biomechanics expert 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.