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The relation between child death and child maltreatment
  1. C Jenny1,
  2. R Isaac2
  1. 1Division of Child Protection, Brown Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  2. 2Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr C Jenny
    Hasbro Children’s Hospital, 593 Eddy Street, Potter-005, Providence, RI 02903, USA; cjenny{at}


The death of a child is a sentinel event in a community, and a defining marker of a society’s policies of safety and health. Child death as a result of abuse and neglect is a tragic outcome that occurs in all nations of the world. The true incidence of fatal child abuse and neglect is unknown. The most accurate incidence data of such deaths have been obtained from countries where multi-agency death review teams analyse the causes of child fatalities, as is done in the United States and Australia.

  • SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome
  • SUDI, sudden unexpected death in infancy
  • child death
  • child abuse
  • sudden infant death syndrome
  • sudden unexpected death

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