In re L.Z.A., ___ N.C. App. ___, 792 S.E.2d 160 (2016)

Held: 
Affirmed

A child may be adjudicated abused when he or she sustains unexplained non-accidental injuries even without a finding of a pattern of abuse or the presence of risk factors. The evidence and findings of fact show the child, while in her parents’ care, suffered two fractures and a subdural hematoma that expert witnesses had determined were caused by non-accidental trauma. The lack of an explanation and/or a rule-out of every possibility for the cause of the child’s severe injuries are not required for an abuse adjudication. 

Category:
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
Stage:
Adjudication
Topic:
Abuse
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