Charles Randal Smith

Charles Randal Smith is a former Canadian pathologist who was the head pediatric forensic pathologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, from 1982 to 2003. The quality of his autopsies, and the resulting criminal charges and convictions of several people, have been called into question and a full public inquiry was ordered. The inquiry found there to be fundamental errors made on the part of Smith and many of the cases in which he had testified are now being re-examined and appealed.

In 2008, the chief forensic pathologist for Ontario, Canada's most populous province, began a public inquiry into 220 cases of shaken baby syndrome to determine if anyone was wrongfully convicted in the babies' deaths.

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... In 2002, Smith was reprimanded with a caution by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons for his work on three suspicious-death cases, and in 2003 he was removed from performing autopsies ... In June 2005, the Chief Coroner of Ontario ordered a review of 44 autopsies carried out by Smith ... that had been found with the 20 or so problematic cases that Charles Smith had handled as evidence of serious problems in the Ontario system ...

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