Jacksonville mother speaks out about effects of shaken baby syndrome

A Jacksonville mother is warning other parents about the shaken baby syndrome, the leading cause of child abuse deaths in the U.S.

Bonita Tate’s daughter Deshauna was shaken by a family member in 1995, when she was a 52-day-old baby.

“When I got home, I found her in her swing, lifeless. She had had no oxygen to her brain for over an hour.”

Now, 22 years later, her adult daughter is nonverbal, uses a wheelchair and still wears diapers.

According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, the No. 1 trigger for shaken baby syndrome is frustration over a baby’s crying, and 25 percent of shaken babies die.

For children such as Deshauna, the complications can last a lifetime.

For resources and where to get information about shaken baby syndrome, visit dontshake.org.