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Accidental Hanging Deaths in Children in Konya, Turkey Between 1998 and 2007

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In general, hanging cases are the result of suicide, and accidental and homicidal hanging cases are rarely seen. This study retrospectively investigated 4571 death examinations and autopsies that were performed at The Konya Branch of the Forensic Medicine Council (Turkey) between 1998 and 2007; hanging was involved in 201 (6.5%) of the cases. There were a total of 13 accidental hanging cases, where 12 of these involved children. In seven of the cases, the accidental hanging involved a scarf that wraps around swing-like cradles and is intended to prevent infants from falling down. It was concluded that accidental hanging deaths can be reduced by replacing swing-like cradles with cribs that are designed for children, removing ropes in and around the house, and preventing children from reaching and/or playing with rope-like objects.

Keywords: accident; asphyxia; children; death; forensic science; hanging

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Forensic Medicine, Meram Medical School, Selcuk University, 42080 Meram, Konya, Turkey. 2: Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Abant Izzet Baysal University, 14280 Golkoy, Bolu, Turkey. 3: Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Cukurova University, 01330 Balcali, Adana, Turkey.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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