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  • The Science of Shaken Baby Syndrome
    The Science of Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Every year in this country, hundreds of people are accused of having shaken a baby, many are even convicted. However, expert medical testimony in the form of opinion is often used to establish that a ...

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  • Bone Disease Defense Given Credence by Courts in Rib Fracture Case
    Bone Disease Defense Given Credence by Courts in Rib Fracture Case

    By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini , Child Abuse Defense Lawyer; Dependency Appellate Counsel, Harrisburg, PA I recently wrote that some child “abuse” detected by children and youth agencies and ...

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  • Retinal Hemorrhages– Sign of Child Abuse or Not?
    Retinal Hemorrhages– Sign of Child Abuse or Not?

    Retinal hemorrhages are no longer conclusive of child abuse. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Child Abuse Defense Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the ...

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  • Infants with Rib Fractures– Abuse or Not?
    Infants with Rib Fractures– Abuse or Not?

    Rib fractures in infants does not always mean that the parents were abusive or committed a crime. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini , Child Abuse Defense Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA Our firm has dealt ...

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  • Discovery in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
    Discovery in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

    I will always look first to the use of the Pennsylvania rules, statutes, court decisions and other regular channels of discovery and use them to obtain discovery beyond the police reports. “Discovery” ...

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  • Sexual Abuse of Children in PA - What Is It?
    Sexual Abuse of Children in PA - What Is It?

    Despite the title of the offense in the PA Crimes Code, 'Sexual Abuse' need not be any type of actual touching, offensive use of objects, or what one would normally think of as rape or molestation. ...

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