Author: Keeley Heath

The Impact of a Criminal Conviction on a Medical Professional

The Impact of A Criminal Conviction on a Medical Professional   For anyone, a criminal conviction is an awful experience. A person could be incarcerated, placed on probation, be required to pay fines and costs, and they will have to live with the difficulties that come from of having a criminal record. For someone in the medical field, however, the…

Shaken Baby Syndrome: How Innocent Families are Torn Apart by False Allegations of Child Abuse

In Michigan, medical professionals are what is called “mandatory reporters.” When they have a reasonable suspicion that child abuse may have occurred, they are required by law to report this to Child Protective Services. In cases where a child is taken to the emergency room due to a head injury, and a subdural hematoma or retinal hemorrhaging is discovered, parents…

Why does the Kent County Children’s Assessment Center refuse to record their child forensic interviews?

The Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Michigan Department of Human Services have spent nearly 18 years developing a forensic interviewing protocol for children.   The forensic interview protocol provides that “The goal of a forensic interview is to obtain a statement from a child, in a developmentally-sensitive, unbiased, and truth seeking manner, that will support…