THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME AND WHY SOME CRITICS
ARE NOW RAISING SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS SCIENTIFIC BASIS AND ITS USE IN
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, ON ABC'S "PRIMETIME LIVE," THURSDAY, OCT. 7
In an Exclusive Interview, "British Nanny" Louise Woodward Discusses How
A Case That Made International Headlines Changed Her Life Forever
Also: Singer R. Kelly Talks with Jay Schadler About His Legal Troubles
And His Still-Soaring Career
Each year, there are an estimated 1,300 reported cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome, and as many as twenty-five percent of them prove to be fatal. Cynthia McFadden reports that, while organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics consider Shaken Baby Syndrome a serious form of child abuse, others, like Dr. Jan Leestma, claim that SBS is misdiagnosed and causing innocent people to be sent to prison. Dr. Leestma, a neuropathologist and a critic of the theories behind the syndrome, says it's more theory than science and that recent experiments suggest not enough force is generated by repeatedly shaking an infant to cause fatal injuries. McFadden talks to experts on both sides of this growingly contentious issue, and to Louise Woodward, the famed "British Nanny" who was found guilty of second-degree murder -- but whose sentence was later reduced to involuntary manslaughter -- in a case that made world headlines. "Primetime Live" airs THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
(10:00-11:00 p.m., ET). on the ABC Television Network.
Woodward, who is now a lawyer and lives in England, still maintains that she did nothing to harm the infant who died under her care while she was a teenaged au pair for a Massachusetts couple. "I feel like there's not a lot I can do to change people's minds...the only thing I can do is show that I'm a regular, normal person like everybody else," she tells McFadden. "You know, there's nothing different about me...if it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone."
Also: R. Kelly is a platinum-selling R&B star thanks to his unique musical gifts and the intensely sexual image he has cultivated. Kelly continues to enjoy incredible commercial success even though a legal cloud hangs over his head. Authorities charged the Grammy-winning singer with child pornography after an incriminating videotape surfaced of him allegedly having sex with a minor. Kelly has since seen 7 of the 21 criminal charges against him dropped and has pled not guilty to all of them. He tells Jay Schadler how he has been able to focus on his music and remain positive, even as his future remains very much in doubt.
Plus: "That Was The Week That Was" takes a satirical look at the week's headlines.
DIANE SAWYER, CHRIS CUOMO, CYNTHIA McFADDEN and JOHN QUIQONES are the anchors of "Primetime Live." SHELLEY ROSS is the executive producer.