Thursday, 14 April 2011

SBS: Alberta: Desiree Hansen charged with aggravated assault

A three-day preliminary hearing started on Monday for a woman charged with aggravated assault on a baby.
Desiree Hansen, 28, of Blackfalds was charged in early 2010 after Lacombe emergency service personnel responded to a call.
The male infant was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Jan. 6, 2010.
A ban on publication of evidence heard at the preliminary was ordered by provincial court Judge John Holmes at the request of defence lawyer Gordon Yake.
The hearing is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.
The hearing was expected to wrap up this week but has been extended until May 2 to hear from a medical expert on shaken baby syndrome.
Shaken baby syndrome is a form of physical child abuse that occurs when an abuser violently shakes an infant or small child, creating a whiplash-type motion that causes acceleration-deceleration injuries.

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