battered child


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A young child, often under age 3, who has been repeatedly and severely neglected by caretakers. Battered children have signs of multiple episodes of trauma—e.g., subdural haematomas, fractures, bruises in various stages of healing—often with failure to thrive and chronic malnutrition

battered child

Abused child, battered baby Pediatrics A young child, often under age 3, who has been repeatedly and severely neglected by caretakers; BCs have signs of multiple episodes of trauma–eg, subdural hematomas, fractures, bruises in various stages of healing, often with FTT and chronic malnutrition See Child abuse.
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52) Therefore, "[d]espite defendants' objections, courts have repeatedly admitted [BCS] evidence claiming that battered child syndrome provides proof of intent and negates accident in relevant cases.
At trial, the pediatrician defined a battered child as one "who died as a result of multiple injuries of a non-accidental nature.
75) Her father, Mark McGuire, was subsequently convicted of second-degree murder for her death, based partly on the testimonies of two physicians who stated that the victim was a battered child.
92) The prosecutor turned Kempe's battered child syndrome into child batterer syndrome.
123) Whereas researchers attempt to create a comprehensive picture of a battered child, prosecutors use BCS to create a problematic set of differing profiles.
Use of expert testimony in that situation "demands that the jury consider the defendant's reactions not as a 'normal' person, but as [a] battered child.
Battered woman syndrome, battered child syndrome, and black rage all are defenses for which expert testimony is essential to facilitate an understanding of the nature of the defense.
With the advent of battered woman syndrome, battered child syndrome, black rage, and other abuse excuses, psychological expert testimony has changed in terms of admissibility, scope, and application to situations other than competency and insanity.
The term battered child syndrome originally was coined by Dr.
Generally, when currently mentioned, battered child syndrome refers to the psychological effects of child abuse on the child's "emotions, perceptions, and behavior.
The battered child lives in a state of constant fear of the next beating or sexual assault.
SUICIDE: Battered child Anthony Cawley turned into a rapist and attempted murderer