Child neglect or tragic misadventure?

J. Hiss, A. Leifer, T. Kahana*

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The body of a 2-month-old baby was found inside the pram where he had been left overnight. Initial assessment of the event by a paramedic unit seemed to indicate foul play, based on the presence of a prominent linear pressure mark on the child's scalp and face. Thorough police and medicolegal investigation cleared the suspect and disclosed that the death resulted from accidental positional asphyxia, related to a faulty mechanism of the pram. We advise that when examining sudden unexpected death of children, forensic investigators should be aware of the potential hazards associated with baby accessories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-191
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Forensic Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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