It has come to my attention that there is some lack of clarity to my website and I thought this page will be a good way to quickly ensure that clarity exists.
On the morning of June 30, 2007, my world as I knew it ended with the pronouncement that my daughter's heart had finally stopped beating for the last time. I spent months walking around in a fog waiting for someone to tell me what had happened, since apparently the history given at that point didn't satisfy authorities who were supposed to be investigating the case. That never occurred. Instead, the decision was that Elwood had hurt our daughter, despite the copious amounts of people who were in our Amanda's life (grandparents, great-grandparents, her various pediatricians, friends of the family, a pastor, two entire church congregations, et al.). There came a point where the court's judgment didn't make sense to those of us who knew Amanda throughout her life.
I researched topics like blunt force trauma, short falls, shaken baby syndrome and along the way found out that many of the adverse reactions to vaccines were experienced by our daughter, which cleared up only the mystery as to why she was so sickly.
It was never my intent to suggest a direct causal relationship between vaccines and the fatality of our daughter. Dr. Lloyd has assured me that "Vaccines do not cause skull fractures." Although I'm pretty sure I could logically deduce that, I am grateful for his assistance with clarifying that, despite that never having been written on this site.
In the meantime, while the topics of shaken baby syndrome and vaccines are very interesting, they divert from what I call the heart of the matter, which is whether this was an accidental short fall or not. The truth as I found proof of it a couple of years ago is that Elwood very well could have accidentally dropped Amanda, resulting in her landing on her fragile head, hitting so hard that her head bounced before coming to rest on the floor of our apartment on June 29, 2007 - precisely what he had originally described having happened. Elwood called 9-1-1 immediately after this happened and within approximately 10 minutes or so first respondants arrived. He admitted to having dropped her from the beginning. He also admitted that he had dropped her one time, despite multiple skull fractures resulting. These admissions are entirely possible as a history of the injuries; however, the medical records were littered with "shaken infant syndrome" as a suspected diagnosis, which perhaps is the sole reason for any thoughts of child abuse. There was a rush to diagnosis rather than a careful one given after differential testing being done.
Short falls can, have, and will seriously harm and potentially kill an infant of 4.75 months if that infant should land on her head first and thereby taking the force of that impact with her thin fragile skull.
Thank you for taking the time to read my website and please do have a nice day.