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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 1, 2003

Child Insurance.

JAMA. 2003;289(1):112. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.112-a


John and Emma Williams have recently, by a coroner's jury, been committed to prison to await investigation by the grand jury, charged with the fatal poisoning of their two children. The securing of insurance on the lives of the children is the motive ascribed. This and other suspicious cases of a like character have led to a movement on the part of Insurance Commissioner Durham, and also of reputable insurance companies, to stop the practice of insuring young children. A bill to be presented to the legislature will contain a clause placing the minimum age limit probably at 6 years, and also limiting the amount of insurance that may be taken on a child.

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