The trial was delayed many times, as Petrie’s lawyer, Peter Buh, tried to line up his expert witness.
“It’s been agonizing – every day, and every court date when you think something’s going to happen, and you continue to get let down,” Jennifer Newhouse said.
She said now that the family has closure and can celebrate Christmas, the next step is advocating in such cases.
“My ultimate goal since this happened has been to spread awareness of child abuse and shaken babies, but I’ve been somewhat limited because of the trial,” Jennifer Newhouse said. “We can finally get out there and advocate that this doesn’t happen to other kids, because it’s preventable. You put the baby down, and you walk away. That’s it.”