Doctor: Rickets May Have Caused Baby's Bone Breaks

A defense witness in the trial of a Juneau man charged with murdering a baby says fractures discovered in the infant's bones may have been due to rickets.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- A defense witness in the trial of a Juneau man charged with murdering a baby says fractures discovered in the infant's bones may have been due to rickets.

Dr. Patrick Barnes, head of pediatric radiology at Stanford University, testified Thursday in the trial of 24-year-old David Paul.

Paul is charged with second-degree murder in the August 2010 death of 4-month-old Rian Jambi Orr, his girlfriend's daughter.

Prosecutors say bone fractures indicate long-term abuse.

Barnes says images of the child's bones suggest rickets, a disorder caused by mineral or vitamin deficiencies.

Barnes said Rian did not have neck, spinal cord or brain stem injuries and that he did not think shaken-baby syndrome could have caused her injuries.

Closing arguments in the case are expected next week.