Unexplained Fractures in Babies

B McKenzie made this Freedom of Information request to Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Please could you provide all statistical data you hold, in relation to fractures in babies, going back from 2011 to whatever date is reasonable.

I am particularly interested in

1. The Local Authority Area
2. Name of the Hospital
3. Whether the Fractures had an organic explanation. (If so what was the cause eg. Brittle bones, Vitamin D deficiency etc)
4. Whether the Fractures were recorded as non accidental.
5. Whether a criminal trial ensued.
6. Whether the child was adopted.
7. Whether the child died from the injuries.

I appreciate that it may not be possible to provide all the above listed information however I would be grateful to receive whatever information you have available and signposting towards other organisations who may hold the relevant data.

Yours faithfully,

B McKenzie

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B McKenzie
[FOI #88519 email]       Our Reference   748/11 
        Your reference         
        Date    7th October 2011
Dear Mr McKenzie,

Thank you for your request for information dated 7th October 2011,
relating to unexplained fractures in babies. This request will be dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In order for us to provide you with the information you require some
clarification is necessary. Please can you clarify what age range you
consider to be babies in your request.

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your clarification.

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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Officer

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

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