Distinguishing sudden infant death syndrome from child abuse fatalities

Steven W. Kairys, Randell C. Alexander, Robert W. Block, V. Denise Everett, Kent Hymel, Carole Jenny, David L. Corwin, Gene Ann Shelley, Robert M. Reece, Henry F. Krous, Tammy Piazza Hurley

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Abstract

In most cases, when a healthy infant younger than 1 year dies suddenly and unexpectedly, the cause is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is more common than infanticide. Parents of SIDS victims typically are anxious to provide unlimited information to professionals involved in death investigation or research. They also want and deserve to be approached in a non-accusatory manner. This statement provides professionals with information and guidelines to avoid distressing or stigmatizing families of SIDS victims while allowing accumulation of appropriate evidence in potential cases of death by infanticide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-441
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume107
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2001

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Kairys, S. W., Alexander, R. C., Block, R. W., Everett, V. D., Hymel, K., Jenny, C., ... Hurley, T. P. (2001). Distinguishing sudden infant death syndrome from child abuse fatalities. Pediatrics, 107(2), 437-441.
Kairys, Steven W. ; Alexander, Randell C. ; Block, Robert W. ; Everett, V. Denise ; Hymel, Kent ; Jenny, Carole ; Corwin, David L. ; Shelley, Gene Ann ; Reece, Robert M. ; Krous, Henry F. ; Hurley, Tammy Piazza. / Distinguishing sudden infant death syndrome from child abuse fatalities. In: Pediatrics. 2001 ; Vol. 107, No. 2. pp. 437-441.
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Kairys SW, Alexander RC, Block RW, Everett VD, Hymel K, Jenny C et al. Distinguishing sudden infant death syndrome from child abuse fatalities. Pediatrics. 2001 Feb 17;107(2):437-441.