1905 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
An inquest was held in London recently on a child aged one month, who was put to bed at mid-day by a relative. Half an hour later, when she went into the room, she found the cat lying curled up on the child's face. On removing the cat she found that the child was dead. Medical evidence showed that death was due to suffocation and the opinion was ex¬ pressed that it was due to gradual deprivation of air. It was not supposed that the cat lay on the child's face, but that it was too close to the
more » ... too close to the child and that its fur prevented the child from breathing. The weight of the cat on the infant's chest probably materially assisted in bringing about a fatal termination. The case shows the danger of allowing children to make bedfellows of animals. Infants Smothered in Bed.
doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510030063016 fatcat:xnxi76h2wfh5ro2ojoy7jaak3u