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    Volume 42, Issue 6 (November 1997)

    A Killing of Baby Doe

    (Received 6 March 1997; accepted 11 April 1997)


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    An anencephalic infant died in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit six hours after birth. Eighteen months later, in a discussion of intrusive federal “Baby Doe” regulations with co-workers at the hospital, a registered nurse mentioned that he had found a way to avoid these provisions, and that he had in fact done so on one occasion by killing this particular infant. A co-worker related his story to police, and the “wheels of justice” were set into motion. I describe the chronology of events and the pathologic findings in this case of infanticide, purportedly committed “with mercyaforethought.”

    Author Information:

    Harris, LS
    Emeritus Professor of Pathology, School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

    Stock #: JFS14282J


    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14282J

    Title A Killing of Baby Doe
    Symposium ,
    Committee E30