Homicidal cardiac lacerations in children

S. D. Cohle, D. A. Hawley, K. K. Berg, E. L. Kiesel, J. E. Pless

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Abstract

We report six cases of intentionally inflicted cardiac laceration. The victims ranged in age from 9 weeks to 2 1/2 years. Five victims were girls and in five cases the right atrium was lacerated. The left ventricle was lacerated in the other case. In the three cases with a confession, one victim each was struck with a fist, stomped, mid kicked. Four patients had rib fractures, with at least two fractures in each case. Cardiac rupture from blunt trauma most commonly results from compression of the heart between the sternum mid vertebral column, but may also occur from compression of the abdomen or legs, deceleration, blast injury, puncture of the heart by a fractured rib, and rupture through a resolving contusion. Accidentally acquired cardiac lacerations usually result from motor vehicle accidents or similarly severe forces. In children there me neither well documented cases of cardiac laceration nor of rib fractures from cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Cardiac lacerations, as with other types of severe trauma acquired at home, are almost never accidental.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-218
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume40
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Lacerations
Rib Fractures
trauma
Blast Injuries
Heart Rupture
Sternum
motor vehicle
Deceleration
Contusions
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Wounds and Injuries
accident
Motor Vehicles
Ribs
Heart Atria
Punctures
Abdomen
Heart Ventricles
Accidents
Rupture

Keywords

  • child abuse
  • heart injuries
  • homicide
  • nonpenetrating
  • pathology and biology
  • wounds

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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Cohle, S. D., Hawley, D. A., Berg, K. K., Kiesel, E. L., & Pless, J. E. (1995). Homicidal cardiac lacerations in children. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 40(2), 212-218.

Homicidal cardiac lacerations in children. / Cohle, S. D.; Hawley, D. A.; Berg, K. K.; Kiesel, E. L.; Pless, J. E.

In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 40, No. 2, 1995, p. 212-218.

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Cohle, SD, Hawley, DA, Berg, KK, Kiesel, EL & Pless, JE 1995, 'Homicidal cardiac lacerations in children', Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 212-218.
Cohle SD, Hawley DA, Berg KK, Kiesel EL, Pless JE. Homicidal cardiac lacerations in children. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1995;40(2):212-218.
Cohle, S. D. ; Hawley, D. A. ; Berg, K. K. ; Kiesel, E. L. ; Pless, J. E. / Homicidal cardiac lacerations in children. In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1995 ; Vol. 40, No. 2. pp. 212-218.
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