Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 421–423 | Cite as

A Rare Case of Child Abuse: Multiple Hypodermic Needles Inserted into a Child’s Body

  • Manvi Singh
  • Prema Menon
  • Bhavneet BhartiEmail author
  • Prabhjot Malhi
Case Study

Child abuse has been perpetrated by novel means through the centuries. One of the ways has been by the passage of needles through the victim’s body, piercing the vital organs. Sewing needles passed through the anterior fontanelle with the intent of infanticide have been reported in medical as well as non-medical literature. The first case was described in Germany in 1914. About 40 cases have since then been reported in the scientific literature from all over the world (Abbassioun et al. 1979; Maghsoudi et al. 2016). Many of these cases are discovered in adulthood when the victims seek medical care for epilepsy or chronic headaches (Abbassioun et al. 1979). Intracardiac insertion of needles has also been reported which required surgical removal (Perrotta et al. 2010). In India, only two cases of similar child abuse have been reported so far, one with intra-abdominal needles (Gaur and Gupta 2017) and another with needles in the heart (Choudhary et al. 2016). We report an unusual case of...


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On behalf of all the authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation [institutional and national] and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Informed consent was obtained from the child’s mother for using the information and photographs for publication and educational purposes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manvi Singh
    • 1
  • Prema Menon
    • 1
  • Bhavneet Bharti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Prabhjot Malhi
    • 1
  1. 1.Advanced Pediatric CenterPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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