International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 627–630 | Cite as

Child abuse inflicted by small children

  • K. FriedrichEmail author
  • K. Becker
  • M. A. Rothschild
  • S. Banaschak
Case Report


In cases of child abuse, usually, the parents are initial suspects. A common explanation of the parents is that the injuries were caused by a sibling. Child-on-child violence is reported to be very rare in children less than 5 years of age, and thorough investigation by the police, child protective services, and medicolegal examinations are needed to proof or disproof the parents' statement. We report two cases of physical abuse of infants by small children.


Child abuse Sibling Infant Injuries 



The authors like to thank Ms. Katharina Janssen for her support and assistance.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Friedrich
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. Becker
    • 1
  • M. A. Rothschild
    • 1
  • S. Banaschak
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical FacultyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

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