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Expert in Homicide Case Testifies that Birth Injury, Not Child Abuse, Caused Infant’s Death

A day-care provider charged with reckless homicide following the death of a 4-month-old boy under her care is currently on trial in Wisconsin. The defendant’s medical expert testified earlier this week, however, that the doctors who delivered the baby – not the defendant – were responsible for his death. The expert testified that he believes the baby suffered a subdural hematoma resulting from birth trauma during his delivery by c-section and that a rebleed of this pre-existing injury caused his death. To support his theory that the baby died of a birth injury, the expert pointed to several pieces of evidence, including an irregularity in the growth of the infant’s skull and the lack of evidence showing major external impact. According to his testimony, this type of brain injury is characteristic of birth trauma and its symptoms, if any, are very subtle, including irritability, lethargy and vomiting.

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