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.”


  1. Sue Luttner says:

    I am so pleased to find this web site and blog that focuses on an issue dear to me. Thank you for all these resources.

    For more on the problem of innocent parents accused of shaking their infants, I encourage readers to check out my blog on shaken baby syndrome, at http://onsbs.com/


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