Epstein injuries seem like homicide: Doctor hired by family

Epstein injuries seem like homicide: Doctor hired by family

Famed forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden suggested to Fox News on Tuesday that the bone fractures are more consistent with homicide than suicide. A fractured hyoid bone does not necessarily indicate a homicide, Kobilinsky said.

Baden, who served as New York City's chief medical examiner in the 1970s, said the disgraced financier's injuries were unusual for suicide hangings.

Federal prosecutors had charged 66-year-old Epstein with the sex trafficking of minors and paying victims to recruit other underage girls, alleging that he created a network that allowed him to sexually abuse dozens of young victims.

"He's frustrated that after the medical examiner called it a suicide, that ended the investigation", Dr Baden said.

Dr. Michael Baden raised concerns Wednesday on Fox News about the New York City medical examiner's findings that ruled Epstein's death a suicide.

Talking Wednesday, Baden, 85, said he had been privately hired by Epstein's family to observe the autopsy carried out soon after his death.

"In forensics, it's a general principle that all information from all aspects of an investigation must be considered together", Sampson said.

Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a professor of forensic science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, also said the hyoid bone is a weak, fragile structure, and it can break from a hanging. Hemorrhages found around Epstein's eyes also were more common in homicidal strangulation, he said.

The medical examiner's initial determination on his cause of death came nearly a week after the multimillionaire was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where the 66-year-old was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls and running a sex trafficking ring.

Baden is a well-known pathologist, and was chief medical examiner of the City of NY from 1978 to 1979. The FBI and other agencies investigated the death, with U.S. Attorney Bob Barr saying he was "appalled" by findings of "serious irregularities" at the federal detention center.

Mr Epstein's death touched off outrage that such a high-profile prisoner could have gone unwatched.

Jail guards on Epstein's unit failed to check on him every half hour, as required, and are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they had, according to several people familiar with the matter.

He added that Epstein's lawyers said he was in a "good mood" just before his death and that he was helping with his case, including working toward being released on bail. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they lacked authorization to publicly discuss the investigation.

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