Death by overlaying and wedging: a 15-year retrospective study.

@article{Collins2001DeathBO,
  title={Death by overlaying and wedging: a 15-year retrospective study.},
  author={K. A. Collins},
  journal={The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology},
  year={2001},
  volume={22 2},
  pages={155-9}
}
  • K. A. Collins
  • Published 2001 in
    The American journal of forensic medicine and…
Overlaying, the accidental death by smothering caused by a larger individual sleeping on top of an infant, is a cause of death that has been documented for centuries. The hazard of death has been reported to be greater in infants less than 5 months of age but may occur in children up to the age of 2 years. When an adult or older child rolls on top of an infant, mechanical asphyxia results. The face may be pressed into the mattress or into the body of the sleeping adult or older child. The… CONTINUE READING

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