This study aimed to investigate criminal cases in which parents have claimed injury to an abused child was inflicted by a sibling. A search was conducted on a legal database using the search terms “child abuse” and “criminal trial.” We identified two cases in which parents claimed injury to the abused child was inflicted by a sibling. These two cases were examined. In Case 1, the court denied the parent’s claims that the sibling injured the abused child. In Case 2, the possibility of sibling abuse was considered but denied because there was no causal relationship with the child’s injury. The need for psychological support of siblings of abused children became evident during our research. Midwives closely associated with abusive families must work quickly to ascertain the precise nature of the abuse.
Yumiko Yamazaki, Kawasaki City College of Nursing, Japan
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