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2001 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 6, No. 3
June 2001


We present the following true story in an attempt to put a face on the more than 350 children killed by their caregivers in North Carolina between 1985 and 1999.

Antionette, 4 years old, was apparently well cared for, happy, and in excellent health prior to her death. At her death, her mother created a story about unexplained seizures, but later confessed to strangling the child. The medical examiner's report had a considerable amount of background on this case. The autopsy had not revealed a cause of death. The child's father had reported the mother for abuse but the report was not substantiated. Antoinette was survived by two siblings.


Source: Herman-Giddens, M. E. (Ed.). (2001). Not Invisible, Not in Vain. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute.