Posted By:Ingela Martenius
Subject:Re: Cause of Death - Children of Erik Gustaf Jönsson
Post Date:January 02, 2013 at 13:13:56
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"Slag" was any inexplicable, sudden death. SOMETIMES it was apoplexy (stroke), but the term was a catch-all. (And yes, even very young children - infants - may have a stroke, quite a recent medical discovery.)

If the mother was suspected of having smothered her child, she would have been had up before a court of law, regardless of whether it had been by intent ("uppst") or through negligence/carelessness ("vrdslshet") or mishap ("vda"), and that would most certainly have been noted in the records.

I believe nearly all cases where it has been actually proved that someone has involontarily smothered a child by rolling over it in their sleep, that person has been under the influence of alcohol or a drug.