History: This two-year-old child died after a short life of continuous abuse. One episode involved the removal of his lower anterior teeth either from traumatic avulsion or by use of a tool. After the fatal episode, the child was observed to have multiple injuries in various stages of healing and a torn maxillary frenum (Figures 17‑19). The ultimate question is simple: Was this needless death preventable had the abusive episodes been reported?
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