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Riggs and Hobbs have argued that that the recorded increase in the rate of homicide of infants under the age of 1 year in the USA between 1940 and 2005 was due to the increased recognition of fatal child abuse as the cause of death.1 They based their conclusion on a comparison between the rates of accidental death, which fell dramatically, and the steady rise in infant homicide in the same period. However, the fall in the rate of deaths recorded as …
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