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been a long road for Colin. It's been over five years now he's been living with this. He is innocent."

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The decision to acquit Matchim by Justice Carl Thompson was made after prosecutor Frances Knickle told the court that having reviewed the information in the case, the Crown would not proceed with any further evidence.

The baby was sleeping when her mother left the house that day. When the mother got home about an hour later, she noticed the child was unresponsive and pale.

She said Matchim's next step is to try to see his daughter again. To do that, he will have to apply to Unified Family Court for access.

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However, when Knickle reviewed the complicated and extensive material, she concluded the Crown would not proceed.

Shortly afterwards, Phil LeFeuvre, who was prosecuting the case at the time, told the court the Crown intended to retry the case.

"He has not seen his daughter. He's missed out on some very important years," Breen said.

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Breen said that at the first trial, the court only heard testimony from Janeway hospital doctors and didn't hear the full story of medical evidence regarding the theory of shaken baby syndrome.

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"It's a very good day for justice in our province. It's an important day," Breen said, as she stood alongside her client on the steps of Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John's.

It was argued at a hearing, which wrapped up in June 2013. During the months of proceedings, the court heard complex medical testimony from experts around the world, all of whom offered their opinions on the validity of shaken baby syndrome and on what they believed caused the child's injuries.

As a result, the judge found Matchim not guilty based on the absence of Crown evidence.

One expert believed it may have been a blood clot. Another said the baby could have had a predisposed condition.

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"The criminal justice system has done what it can to rectify the wrongful conviction. . He may face another extended battle on his hands, but that's something he's willing to undertake."

Evidence from the trial revealed that on March 17, 2009, Matchim was home alone with the 3 1/2 month old girl while her mother was out running errands.

carefully because the science that has evolved since the year 2000 has unravelled this theory," Breen said.

Breen said Knickle did the right thing.

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'A good day for justice'

Justice Wayne Dymond agreed and declared a mistrial.

"This was a miscarriage of justice and Ithink the entry of the acquittal . is an acknowledgement that his conviction was wrongful," Breen said. "We are very happy. We're relieved."

case reopened and new medical evidence introduced.

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Breen argued that the experts' evidence was persuasive enough that it could have made a difference in the outcome of the trial.

"We have determined that there is no reasonable prospect of conviction on the criminal standard," she said.

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"There is really no scientific basis for this theory in a case such as we were presented with."

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"Because obviously, the damage that has been done to Colin is irreparable damage," she said. "There's not doubt about it."

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Tests revealed severe swelling on the left side of the baby's brain, hemorrhaging and other damage. As a result, she had difficulty with movement on her right side. The damage is believed to be permanent.

Matchim had been accused of shaking his infant daughter, causing her brain damage. He was found guilty in November 2011 following a 17 day trial.

The baby was taken to the Janeway hospital, where doctors immediately suspected shaken baby syndrome.

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Breen said the evidence of their experts Dr. Waney Squier of England, Dr. Julie Mack of Pennsylvania, Dr. Chris Van Ee of Michigan and Dr. David Ramsay of London, Ont. was invaluable.

As for the year Matchim wrongfully spent in jail prior to being released before the hearing, Breen said she will talk with Matchim to see if he wants to take any further legal action.

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