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CT scans of Egyptian mummies help solve crimes

CT scans of the 2,700-year-old mummy of a 14-year-old Egyptian servant girl are helping solve child abuse crimes in the state of Vermont.

After spotting the mummy at the University of Vermont’s Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Burlington, Dr. Jason Johnson, a radiology resident, arranged to have it put through his hospital’s state-of-the-art CT scanner. He wanted to know about the life of what is believed to be the remains of an Egyptian servant girl of about 14 — and what led to her death.

What Johnson didn’t expect was that some of the scientific techniques used to reveal the mummy’s secrets would have other applications, including helping Vermont’s medical examiner and prosecutors determine if children who die in infancy are the victims of crimes.

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Story: Wilson Ring, AP | Photo: AP

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