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October 1993

Child Abuse, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and Unexpected Infant Death

Author Affiliations

From the Sheffield (England) Child Health Development Study, Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(10):1097-1100. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160340083019

• There is now evidence, from a variety of approaches, that indicate that between one tenth and one fifth of children currently diagnosed as cases of sudden infant death syndrome are not natural deaths. There is also equally strong evidence, where the possibility of filicide has been explored, that the majority of children diagnosed as cases of sudden infant death syndrome do die of natural causes.

(AJDC. 1993;147;1097-1100)