Illustrations of Unexpected Infant Sleep Deaths

Deborah Cullen, Morgan Oberle, Charles D. Elomba, Deborah Stiffler, Gaye Luna

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Case illustrations from central Indiana provide the narrative for infant suffocations because of unsafe sleep environments. Accidental strangulation or suffocation in bed is caused by co-bedding, blankets and pillows in cribs, or wedging and entrapment. Knowledge of the evidence-based risks associated with case data may assist further in the prevention of unexpected infant sleep deaths and may better inform best practice for death scene investigation including forensic nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • SIDS
  • accidental suffocation
  • infant mortality
  • safe sleep
  • sudden unexpected infant death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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