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Subdural haemorrhage sustained in a baby-rocker? A biomechanical approach to causation

Jones, Michael David, James, Deryk Simon, Cory, Corrina Zoey, Leadbeatter, Stephen and Nokes, Leonard Derek Martin 2003. Subdural haemorrhage sustained in a baby-rocker? A biomechanical approach to causation. Forensic science international 131 (1) , pp. 14-21. 10.1016/S0379-0738(02)00382-1

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Abstract

An unconscious 8 weeks old infant was admitted to hospital and found to have bilateral, subdural and retinal haemorrhages. He died the following day. The explanation for the subdural haemorrhage put forward by his carers was that the infant had been in a baby-rocker and that the carers had seen the rocker being rocked vigorously by their 14 months old daughter on two separate occasions. This paper describes the biomechanics of an infant model in the particular baby-rocker used and determines the maximum forces generated, comparing them with the 'forces' thought to be compatible with the causation of subdural haemorrhage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Subdural haemorrhage ; Causation ; Biomechanical ; Baby-rocker
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 03790738
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 08:38
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2129

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