A death in the family

In her efforts to make sense of sudden infant death syndrome, Sophie Hannah found more questions than answers

15th May, 2010

Murder is always shocking. But when a mother is accused of killing her baby, it confounds us in a way that other accusations of murder do not.

Sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) is the medical term given to an unexpected infant death that remains unexplained after a thorough forensic postmortem.

When experienced by a family, it is devastating.

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