Are there any medical professionals here? I need an answer.
A friend of mine is being investigated for child abuse. Her son will be 1 in March, and he is by no means a healthy child. He was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome when he was very small. To get to the point, he was found to have a broken arm that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. She noted the when a relative stopped by, he would not calm down and screamed the whole time she was holding him, but this isn't uncommon (he hates other people). When she was undressing him, he screamed when she touched his arm, and she could not get him to calm down. Upon further inspection, she discovered that his arm was swollen and he would not use his hand. Due to the pending investigation, she is not being given very much information. She told me that the doctor had said that the bones shifted. Is this of any significance? Are they thinking that the injury had been there for a while? Does the bone shifting suggest the manner in which it was broken?