well i have been beaten. and it does leave damage. so you cant beat someone to death with a shovel and not break bones, especially in the head. so if there is no sign of trauma or cause of death on the skeleton, i doubt that happened. plus, to be honest, beating a little child with a shovel would be overkill. you wouldnt need to borrow a neighbros shovel to do it. i was beat with a lamp, for example. becuase it was next to the bed and handy.
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