The Juvenile Skeleton in Forensic Abuse Investigations

Editors: Ross, Ann H., Abel, Suzanne M. (Eds.)

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Juvenile homicide and fatal maltreatment remain serious and pervasive problems in the developed world and especially in the United States, where in 2005 some 1,500 children died from neglect and physical abuse. Alarming statistics such as this, as well as an upsurge in the media attention paid to all things forensic, underscore the pressing need for the utmost rigor in the scientific investigation of child abuse cases. This well timed volume is a response to the climate of public and press interest in such inquiries, where the forensic aspects of the casework generate an enormous amount of attention. The contributions cover a wide range of topics and explore many of the finer details of investigations into juvenile fatalities suspected of being abuse-related. The chapters reflect both the multi-disciplinary nature of such investigations, and also the need for law enforcement professionals to take a rounded, holistic approach to the casework involved.

 

The motivational factors that lead many professionals enter this arena of investigation are, of course, personal and individual. However, at the core of their commitment and their work is a shared need for justice, plain and simple. Victim advocacy and protecting the rights of children, both living and deceased, remains a key impetus for those professionals who specialize in child abuse research. At the heart of this book is the aim of providing both a vital resource for investigators, and a purposeful voice for the young victims of abuse, unable as they are to stand up and speak for themselves.

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“Since the book’s twelve chapters were written by anthropologists and other specialists in their respective disciplines, it offers a broad variety of topics and demonstrates the multidisciplinary investigative approach in cases of juvenile skeleton trauma very well. This is a very interesting book for all professionals dealing with children who were subject to neglect and/or abuse.” (Saskia S. Guddat, Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology, Vol. 8, 2012)

“This is a review of the current state of knowledge regarding investigating the juvenile skeleton in cases of abuse. … It is written for an audience of forensic investigators, ranging from medical death investigators to forensic pathologists and forensic anthropologists. The book covers many different aspects of death investigation in cases of suspected child abuse. … This is a useful primer that provides a good introduction to the techniques available for the evaluation of abuse in the juvenile skeleton.” (Jennifer Forsyth, Doody’s Book Reviews, December, 2011)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ross, Ann H. (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • Fatal Child Maltreatment: The Challenges of Identifying the Causes and Incidence of Deaths from Abuse and Neglect

    Ragan, Krista L.

    Pages 7-17

  • Basic Juvenile Skeletal Anatomy and Growth and Development

    Humphries, Ashley L.

    Pages 19-31

  • Biomechanical and Remodeling Factors in the Interpretation of Fractures in Juveniles

    Ubelaker, Douglas H. (et al.)

    Pages 33-48

  • Birth Trauma

    Heldrich, Cynthia

    Pages 49-60

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Juvenile Skeleton in Forensic Abuse Investigations
Editors
  • Ann H. Ross
  • Suzanne M. Abel
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Humana Press
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-61779-255-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-61779-255-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-61779-254-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-62703-889-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 205
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