House panel OKs new wording involving child abuse victims

Posted at 3:42 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 17:42:09-05

BOISE, Idaho — Legislation to clarify and broaden the definition of abuse involving child victims sustaining head injuries is heading to the House.

The House Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday voted 11-0 to approve legislation proposed by the Idaho Nurses Association.

The change removes the term "subdural hematoma" to determine abuse and replaces it with head and brain injuries.

A subdural hematoma is defined as blood collecting outside the brain.

Backers say using broader wording is consistent with other descriptions of injuries involving child victims.