Volume 38, Issue 2 (March 1993)

    Asphyxial Deaths Due to Hanging in Children

    (Received 31 March 1992; accepted 27 August 1992)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    A review of the records for five years from the Coroner's Offices of Marion County, Indiana and Franklin County, Ohio, which have a combined population of 2.4 million, yielded 12 cases of hanging deaths in children 13 years of age or younger. The age range was 2½ to 13 years and only two of the 12 victims were female. There were three unequivocal suicides, five accidental deaths and four cases where, despite extensive investigation, the manner of death remained undetermined. The scene and autopsy findings are presented and the cases discussed with regard to determination of manner of death. Additionally, the significance and pathophysiology of petechiae are discussed.


    Author Information:

    Hawley, DA
    Associate Professor, Associate Professor and Culbertson Professor, and Director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Feczko, JD
    Resident in Pathology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Pless, JE
    Associate Professor, Associate Professor and Culbertson Professor, and Director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Tate, LR
    Forensic Pathologist and Chief Forensic Pathologist, Franklin County Coroner's Office, Columbus, OH

    Clark, MA
    Associate Professor, Associate Professor and Culbertson Professor, and Director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Fardal, PM
    Forensic Pathologist and Chief Forensic Pathologist, Franklin County Coroner's Office, Columbus, OH


    Stock #: JFS13414J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13414J

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    Title Asphyxial Deaths Due to Hanging in Children
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30