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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1988 Jun;9(2):105-11.

Nonnatural death masquerading as SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

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University of Arkansas Health Sciences Center, Little Rock.


This article relates our experiences with accidental and homicidal deaths in reported sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases. Our intent is to alert personnel in medical and health-related professions as well as death investigators (coroners, law enforcement officials, etc.) that a thorough scene investigation and history need to be obtained when a child's death has been reported, since this may modify the type of autopsy to be performed. It should not be assumed that all children less than 1 year of age who die suddenly die from SIDS.

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