Tasha Shelby


County of Conviction: Harrison County, Mississippi
Convicted of: Death of a Child while in Commission of Felonious Child Abuse
Sentence: Life without possibility of parole 
Time Served: 17 years
WVIP Involvement: Client

The West Virginia Innocence Project inherited this case from the Mississippi Innocence Project where Valena Beety worked before becoming the director of the West Virginia Innocence Project. 

Tasha was convicted based on "Shaken Baby Syndrome," a theory that has since been widely discredited. At the time of trial, experts had a limited understanding of how multiple factors--such as shortfalls and hereditary diseases--can cause accidental deaths.