The set of symptoms, injuries, and signs of mistreatment seen on a severely or repeatedly abused child.
- Detecting and preventing battered child syndrome is difficult because society and the courts have traditionally left the family alone.
- Her battered child syndrome was immediately diagnosed and reported to local police and juvenile probation authorities, and she was taken into protective custody.
- If a child's injuries indicate intentional trauma or appear to be more severe than could reasonably be expected to result from an accident, battered child syndrome should be suspected.
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Syllabification: bat·tered child syn·drome
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