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

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 55 Issue: 3 Dated: May 2010 Pages: 637-641
Kamil H. Dogan, M.D.; Serafettin Demirci, M.D.; Zerrin Erkol, M.D.; Mete K. Gulmen, M.D.
Date Published
May 2010
5 pages
This study retrospectively investigated 4,571 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 percent) of the cases.
In general, hanging cases are the result of suicide, and accidental and homicidal hanging cases are rarely seen. In the current study, 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. 2 tables, 8 figures, and 20 references (Published Abstract)