Radiographic examination of skeletalized remains of an abandoned infant: A case report with special reference to odontological findings

Mari Tanguchi, Shigeki Sakoda, Bao Li Zhu, Kaori Ishida, Li Quan, Tetsuya Kano, Masaki Q. Fujita, Hitoshi Maeda

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A homeless couple confessed that they had buried their baby, who died at the age of three months, in the graveyard two years earlier. The recovered infantile remains had been already completely skeletonized and dismembered. However, the maxilla and mandibule were barely preserved. Although the length of the extremities were shorter than those of the average matured infants, the age of the body was estimated to be 1 to 2.5 months old on the basis of the degree of calcification of deciduous teeth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-342
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Legal Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Age estimation
  • Deciduous teeth
  • Dental maturation
  • Postmortem radiograph

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Law

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