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NCJ Number: 156140 Find in a Library
Title: Childhood Deaths From Physical Abuse
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1995)  Pages:847-854
Author(s): M S Kasim; I Cheah; H M Shafie
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper provides an account of 30 cases of childhood deaths caused by physical abuse detected by the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team at the General Hospital at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
Abstract: The children who died included of 12 Malays, six Chinese, nine Indian, and one Indonesian and three whose ethnic origin could not be determined. There were 13 males and 17 females. The average age of the abused children was 2 years and 5 months. The most frequent causes of death were intracranial hemorrhage and intra-abdominal trauma. Of the 17 cases of intracranial hemorrhage, only four had X-ray evidence of skull fracture. This suggests the possibility of whiplash injuries with/without the abuser suspecting that he/she had injured the child. Of the 22 abusers who could be identified, there was no sex differentiation. Fathers formed the largest group of perpetrators, followed by mothers and child-care workers. Fifteen of the natural parents of the abused children were married, four were divorced, and four were never married. Five of the abusers had aggressive personalities, and three were drug addicts. Only one abuser was found to be an alcoholic, even though a few were also suspected of being alcoholics. For most cases, trigger factors could not be identified. 4 tables, 2 figures, and 15 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse fatalities; Child abuse investigations; Child fatalities; Crime in foreign countries; Malaysia
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