Hannah's Story

hannah mainThis site is dedicated to my beautiful granddaughter, a survivor of shaken baby syndrome.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking impacting the head of an infant or small child.

Hannah Love Harley is the survivor of multiple episodes of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and other abusive physical violence, primarily at the hands of her biological mother's live in boyfriend. Hannah was admitted to the emergency room in an unconscious state from her "last" shaking.

Abusive head trauma was diagnosed at this time from a violent shaking episode. Medical evidence of a previous shaking was also noted at this time of admittance. Hannah had a subdural hematoma. A subdural hematoma (SDH) is a rapidly clotting blood collection below the inner layer of the dura but external to the brain and arachnoid membrane -- emergency brain surgery was performed.

Hannah spent the next 16 days unconscious in PICU, connected to and extensive array of life support equipment and monitors. During this stay in PICU, Hannah nearly slipped away from us several times.

We said to each other "If Hannah makes it through; it is because of her inherited stubborn tenacity and God".

The last shaking left Hannah with over 85% of her left hemisphere destroyed and some global brain damage. Hannah had retinal hemorrhaging and damage to the muscles in her neck/throat area from the whiplash motion of being violently shaken. While she may always remain partially paralyzed with her permanent brain injuries, her paternal family is grateful for her survival and continuing progress.

The initial investigator with Child Protective Services (CPS) worked very hard to put the case together. Unfortunately (within 2 weeks), Hannah's case was handed over to a neophyte caseworker with no SBS experience. This lack of experience delayed Hannah's case progress significantly, but was compensated for by the paternal family's diligence in pursuing what was best for Hannah.

Hannah's father (our youngest son) was separated from the biological mother during the time period Hannah was subjected to the escalating spiral of abuse. Hannah's father was granted unrestricted access to his lovely daughter.

The biological mother's live in boyfriend ("Perp") has finally been convicted of Serious Injury to a Child after almost three years of freedom to roam the streets of Fort Worth and White Settlement, Texas. The "Perp" (Christopher Jason Hernandez of White Settlement) was found guilty on September 3, 2004, and sentenced to 17 years in prison on September 7, 2004.

During the trial, it was shown that the Perp abused Hannah on several different occasions. The Perp fractured Hannah's wrist, hit/threw her against a hard surface on at least three occasions and shook Hannah two different times.