Child Deaths where Skeletal Injuries are Relevant

During the investigation of a child death the forensic anthropologist can analyse the skeleton to provide an indication of age at death and provide an assessment of the presence of any trauma on the skeleton.

The forensic anthropologist can assess the skeleton either in its dry form via direct inspection or indirectly using imaging methods should soft tissue remain present. This assessment can include:

  • Determination of age at death.
  • Determination of the presence of trauma.
  • From dry bone analysis
  • From imaging studies (e.g microscopy, x-ray, CT)
  • Trauma analysis to determine origin and cause of injury.