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NCJ Number: 184328 Find in a Library
Title: Anatomical Location of Bitemarks and Associated Findings in 101 Cases From the United States
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:45  Issue:4  Dated:July 2000  Pages:812-814
Author(s): Iain A. Pretty M.Sc.; David Sweet Ph.D.
Date Published: July 2000
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used information from 101 bitemark cases from the United States Courts of Appeal, identified through a search of the Lexis legal database, to update and confirm previous studies that examined the anatomical location of human bitemarks.
Abstract: Information on bitemark locations is useful to forensic odontologists and pathologists, physicians, and coroners who must be familiar with the most likely locations of bitemarks. The study included cases if they provided details such as the anatomical location, the number of injuries, and information about the victim. The analysis collated data on 148 bites and focused on comparing males and females, victims and perpetrators, adults, and children, and the offense types associated with human bites. Results revealed that human bitemarks occur at almost every anatomical location, although they tend to occur in certain areas. Crimes commonly associated with biting are homicide, rape, sexual assault, robbery, assault, and child abuse. Females were four times more likely than males to be bitten; the bites were concentrated on the breasts, arms, and legs. Males were most often bitten on the arms, back, and hands. A significant proportion of male victims were themselves the perpetrators of a violent crime. Male children were exclusively bitten in the genital area, although male victims of child abuse can be bitten in different locations. Victims often had more than one bitemark, often in different anatomical locations. Findings were in broad agreement with earlier studies. Figures, tables, and 8 references
Main Term(s): Police staff services units
Index Term(s): Dental analysis; Forensic medicine; Injury investigations; Victims of violent crime
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