MRE 803(4) Case Example

In People v. Meeboer (After Remand), 439 Mich 310; 484 NW2d 621 (1992), the Supreme Court of Michigan examined the issues surrounding the admission into evidence of various statements made by child sexual abuse victims to physicians and psychologists. Specifically, the Meeboer Court held that "we believe that neither the rationale supporting the medical treatment exception to the hearsay rule, MRE 803(4) nor our decision People v. LaLone, 432 Mich 103; 437 NW2d 611 (1989) requires the exclusion of all statements made to treating medical health care providers by the victims of child sexual abuse which identify their assailants . .. ." Meeboer, supra at 315.