The identification and interpretation of bite-marks in a child abuse victim using photographs' comparison - Case report

S. Noorazma, M. N. Suhani, Shahrom Abd Wahid

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Abstract

A suspected case of child abuse was admitted to the Emergency Department but unfortunately she died during resuscitation. A police report was done by the attending doctors and post-mortem was carried out by the Forensic Pathologist. The cause of death was attributed to perforation of jejunum due to blunt force trauma to the abdomen. The parents denied abusing the child. Instead, they alleged the child had fallen from her bed. However, healing bite-marks on the right cheek were missed until the postmortem photographs were examined by the Police Investigating Officer a week later. By that time the body has been claimed and interred. Forensic Odontologist was informed to confirm the existence of the bite-marks. In this case report a method is presented whereby bite-marks identification and analysis was conducted using the photographs taken by the Forensic Pathologist and Police Photographer during post-mortem. The resulting tooth-marks from the suspected person's mandibular and maxillary dentition matched with bite-marks found on the right cheek of the deceased child.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-101
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Child Abuse
Law enforcement
Bites and Stings
Police
abuse
interpretation
Cheek
police
Resuscitation
photographer
abuse of children
police officer
cause of death
Dentition
trauma
parents
Jejunum
Abdomen
Hospital Emergency Service
Cause of Death

Keywords

  • Bite-marks
  • Child abuse
  • Forensic odontology
  • Identification
  • Non-accidental injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology

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The identification and interpretation of bite-marks in a child abuse victim using photographs' comparison - Case report. / Noorazma, S.; Suhani, M. N.; Abd Wahid, Shahrom.

In: Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2012, p. 96-101.

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