A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania man was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month in the 2008 death of his 4-month-old son Nathan. Jason Gmuer was accused of shaking Nathan to death on December 18, 2008.
Gmuer, 35, was charged in 2010. During a bench trial that lasted 2 years, prosecutors argued that Nathan died from Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). The defense argued that Nathan had a blood clot in his lungs.
Bill Difenderfer, Gmuer’s attorney said, “This child died from a coagulation disorder. There’s no question what caused the…bleeding…a rupture of blood vessels caused by clotting.”
The judge found him not guilty.
“When I finally heard the words…it seemed like [a] dream…”
Gmuer will now be reunited with Ethan, Nathan’s twin brother.
“Anybody who’s lost a child…there’s a part of you that will never [come] back…it’s always going to be there. It’s very rough.”