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2,000-year-old remains of physically abused child found

kellis-cemetery-toddler-3The oldest known physical evidence of child abuse has been found in a 2,000-year-old cemetery in Egypt.

hen the researchers came across the abused toddler — labeled “Burial 519” — in Kellis 2, nothing seemed out of the ordinary at first. But when Wheeler’s colleague Tosha Duprasbegan brushing the sand away, she noticed prominent fractures on the child’s arms.

“She thought, ‘Whoa, this was weird,’ and then she found another fracture on the collarbone,” Wheeler said. “We have some other kids that show evidence of skeletal trauma, but this is the only one that had these really extreme fracture patterns.”

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Story: Joseph Castro, LiveScience | Photo: Sandra Wheeler

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