It’s been an exhausting road for the Ulrich family, who said they can finally take a deep breath, after the reconviction of their son’s former babysitter.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t miss him. It’s just the how that’s really hard to think about. How he died is just heart-wrenching,” said Kelly Ulrich.
Trevor Ulrich died at nine-months-old in 2009, after two days attending Gail Dobson’s daycare.
“When you come to pick up the child that you left off perfectly healthy, and, all of a sudden, that child is vomiting, it’s not the same child you dropped-off at 8 a.m. The mother knows that instantly as soon as she picks that child up,” said John McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County.
Dobson was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse resulting in the death of a minor.
“[Trevor] was brought to the National Children’s Medical Center,” said McCarthy. “He had a severe brain injury. He had brain swelling. He had retinal tears, and he had catastrophic injuries to his brain. The doctors there found this was a homicide.”
Dobson was first convicted under the same charges in 2010 in Talbot County, but four years later that decision was overturned.
This week, the 59-year-old was reconvicted in Kent County, now facing 16 years in prison.
“We were asked by my friend Scott Patterson, who’s the State’s Attorney down there, if we would go down and try the case on behalf of his office,” said McCarthy.
This comes amidst a national debate over the science behind “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS) or abusive head trauma.
McCarthy said he wants to set the record straight.
“I think the real experts in these areas are telling us time and time again that some of the experts that have been courted by some sources in the media are just not reliable experts. When they get to court, they get excluded because it is junk science,” said McCarthy.
Skeptics say SBS hasn’t been proven to cause bleeding on the surface of the brain and in the back of the eyes.