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Infant homicide in the USA between 1940 and 2005
  1. Matthew M Large1,
  2. Olav B Nielssen2,3
  1. 1School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3The Discipline of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthew M Large, Mental Health Services, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker St, Randwick 2031 NSW, Australia; mmbl{at}

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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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