Malcolm Rawlings was the son of Vanessa and Doctor Joseph Richardson in the first season of the American version of "Secrets and Lies". Originally Vanessa and Joseph Rawlings, Malcolm's parents' surname was changed as they were trying to escape a lucid past. A hemophiliac, Malcolm bruised easily and it was originally thought that Dr. and Mrs. Rawlings/Richardson were abusing their small son. He was taken away by the state's Social Services department, and while the Richardsons produced paperwork which documented their son's condition, Malcolm had already met an untimely demise before the Richardsons could fight to get their son back.
The paperwork filed by the County of Manchester lists the following as reason for suspecting abuse:
- Subject shows new bruising on chest, upper abdomen, upper right bicep, upper right thigh, upper back, and large concentration on left arm, particularly the forearm. Requested formal report. Subject had multipe bruises prior to transfer when brought to the hospital on the 22nd day of May, 2006 by Dr. Rawlings. Current bruises estimated to be between 1 day - 20 days old. About 50% appearaed between subject's transfer and 1 day following Dr Rawlings visit on the 5th day of June, 2006. no examinations were done in the interim. Further examination requested by biological parents. Temporary guardians have been notified.