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Earliest case of a battered child found in Greece.

A pit where Athenians living 2,200 years ago often deposited fetuses and babies who had died of natural causes contained a grim surprise for Maria Liston, an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo in Canada. There, she found the skeleton of a roughly 1-year-old child who was probably beaten to death before being thrown into the pit. The unfortunate youngster represents the earliest documented case of severe child abuse, Liston said on April 10. The battered child's remains include a partially healed skull fracture probably caused by a deliberate blow to the head that the youngster survived for about a week. Other abuse markers include fractures to ribs and at the front and back of the jaw, irregular bone growth due to leg and neck injuries and a break at the end of the upper arm bone that is usually caused by violent twisting.

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Title Annotation:MEETING NOTES
Author:Bower, Bruce
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUGR
Date:May 31, 2014
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