The Law: Decisions

> Child beating, one of the ugliest crimes, is difficult to prove, difficult to prosecute. In many states doctors are legally required to report suspected abuses, but they rarely do. A recent case in California may change this situation.

In April 1970 five-month-old Thomas Robison of Arroyo Grande was admitted to Sierra Vista Hospital in nearby San Luis Obispo, where Xrays showed that his skull was fractured from ear to ear. The boy's 17-year-old mother, who was living with an AWOL soldier, said he had fallen off a bed, and the child was returned...

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