Earliest case of a battered child found in Greece

Baby living around 2,200 years ago was probably beaten to death

By Bruce Bower, 10:10 AM April 15, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta — A pit where Athenians living 2,200 years ago typically deposited fetuses and babies who had died of natural causes contained a grim surprise for Maria Liston, an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo, Canada. In the pit, she found the skeleton of a roughly 1-year-old child who was probably beaten to death before being thrown into what’s known as the “baby well.” The unfortunate youngster represents the earliest documented case of severe child abuse, Liston said on Ap...

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