County of Conviction: TylerConvicted of: Child Abuse with Serious Bodily Injury; Unlawful AssaultSentence: 3-15 years
Time Served: 1 year
WVIP Involvement: Client
WVIP client Christopher Dodrill was convicted of Child Abuse Resulting in Injury and Unlawful Assault primarily based on the testimony of states’ experts, who testified that the victim – an infant – was severely injured due to Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (“SBS/AHT”). SBS/AHT has come, and continues to be, under heightened scrutiny among the medical community. At trial no expert was called to raise the medical shift in SBS/AHT science, or to testify to the actual cause of the child’s injuries. Currently WVIP represents Mr. Dodrill in his habeas corpus proceedings.