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Suspicion of child abuse

By Matthias Loinig

Two nine-week-old twins brought to a Viennese general hospital on Jan 20 with severe injuries are suspected of being the victim of child abuse.

One of the babies suffered from a head injury so severe that he suffered multiple cranial fractures as well as cerebral bleeding.

Only the quick action of doctors who informed the police and the youth welfare service saved the life of the more seriously injured child. Since the cause of the injuries could not be ascertained without doubt, a criminal investigations is now underway.

The twins have in the meantime been taken into custody by the youth welfare service according to §215 of the Austrian Civil Code.

According to the general hospital the babies are no longer in a life- threatening condition.

But both boys are still in hospital. The young parents aged 19 and 22 have never been in trouble with the youth welfare service.

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