Suspected child abuse: false positives or false negatives?

Heller, R. F., Jamrozik, K. and Weller, D. P. (2004) Suspected child abuse: false positives or false negatives?. Medical Journal of Australia, 181 5: 240-241.

Author Heller, R. F.
Jamrozik, K.
Weller, D. P.
Title Suspected child abuse: false positives or false negatives?
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2004-09-01
Sub-type Editorial
Volume 181
Issue 5
Start page 240
End page 241
Total pages 2
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract The UK government is reviewing 258 cases in which a parent was convicted of murder, manslaughter or infanticide. This review follows the overturning of the conviction of one mother for the murder of two of her children, and the collapse of the prosecution case against another mother accused of murdering three of her children. In addition, the cases of thousands of children spirited into care, as they were deemed to be at risk of child abuse, may also be revisited. One of the key issues in these events has been the incorrectness of evidence advanced by an expert medical witness whose estimates of the probability of the occurrence of more than one sudden infant death occurring in a family were grossly incorrect.
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