William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 24, November, 2008

Child Abuse

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 23:41

Today I spent the morning reviewing slides from a homicide and a probable SIDS, and then lectured for an hour about child abuse.  One year I had a class that kept asking for “more photos”.  Then I gave this lecture.  The calls for photos stopped.

I illustrate the lecture with photos from an autopsy that was replete with findings.  Frenulum tear, fracture callus, open linear skull fracture, bruising, cigarette burns all in one case.  Only thing it didn’t have were scalds.  No, I’m not posting these photos on the blog.



  1. Heh- brings to mind one of my teaching periods- I was instucting Fire/Rescue and got asked by the Navy to do a Thanksgiving Stand down brief on medical emergencies/vehicular accident treatment. Since we were in the middle of a rescue series, I just brought the same slide pack and brief in to the Navy. After the fourth slide, the CO stopped the presentation and I was asked to continue without anymore pics… And I hadn’t even gotten to the BAD ones yet! I always hated rolling on a domestic call with F/R, cause you ‘knew’ it was not going to be pretty, and we really hated those where the kids were involved. Don’t envy you those at all.

    Comment by Old NFO — Monday, 24, November, 2008 @ 23:48 | Reply

  2. The hardest part of road calls I have ever dealt with are children who have been hurt or worse by the ones who should be protecting them – I can’t imagine being in your position of only seeing the after effects and never the closure.

    Comment by Sean — Tuesday, 25, November, 2008 @ 00:04 | Reply

  3. While I am positive I could handle the pictures (nursing school) I am also positive that I would want to beat the crap out of the #%%$#@#$ responsible for abusing that child.

    2 things this guy does not look kindly upon: abusing a child and abusing a woman

    Even though I do not comment often I read your blog everyday, or as much as you post. I really enjoy it.


    Comment by Anthony — Tuesday, 25, November, 2008 @ 08:15 | Reply

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