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Girl Had No History Of Being Abused

Associated Press

JonBenet Ramsey did not have a history of sexual abuse, the 6-year-old girl’s doctor and a family spokesman said after an autopsy indicated she was sexually assaulted and strangled.

Portions of the autopsy released Friday revealed “chronic inflammation” of the girl’s vagina, “which could be an indication” of prior sexual abuse, family spokesman Patrick Korten said.

“In this case, it is not.”

JonBenet’s pediatrician, Dr. Francesco Beuf, said he never saw any indication that the young beauty queen was sexually abused.

“I can tell you as far as her medical history is concerned there was never any hint whatsoever of sexual abuse,” Beuf said in an interview with KUSA-TV in Denver.

“I didn’t see any hint of emotional abuse or physical abuse. She was a very much loved child, just as her brother.”

JonBenet, the 1995 Little Miss Colorado, was found strangled in the basement of her family’s home Dec. 26, and authorities have released few details about the investigation.

The autopsy report also said she suffered injuries to her neck, face, shoulder, leg and vagina; bruises to her scalp; internal bleeding; and a bound wrist.

Details in the autopsy that were not made public include the time of death and the location and condition of the body. The information was ordered sealed for 90 days or until an arrest is made.

Boulder coroner Dr. John Meyer had sought to seal the entire report.

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