Re K (Children: injuries) [2016] EWFC B120


[2016] EWFC B120

This was a case in which the court vacated a fact-finding hearing and determined on the papers that the local authority could not prove threshold/non-accidental injuries at a CMH. There had been numerous fractures on different occasions and parts of the body, including metaphyseal fractures, and a dislocated elbow. The radiological suggested no reduction in bone density consistent with Rickets and the medical evidence initially suggested that the parents’ explanation for the injuries (South Asian baby massage) could not have caused them. However, a vitamin D test showed a particularly serious case of biochemical Rickets, which had not yet shown up in the radiology but which the experts agreed would nonetheless affect bone tensile strength. Consequently, the parents’ explanation could not be discounted.

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