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Quincy, M.E.: The Night Killer

Bill and Madeline Estes lose one of their two sons to SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or so everyone but Dr. Gage believes. Gage thinks the baby died of abuse, and calls on the police. Dr. Quincy must step into the middle of a delicate situation - if Gage is right, Madeline Estes is a murderer, but if he is wrong, his assertions will heap misery onto grief.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x4
Production Number: 55317
Airdate: Wednesday November 26th, 1980

Director: Jeffrey Hayden
Writer: Jeri Taylor

Guest Stars
Alex Hyde-WhiteAlex Hyde-White
As Les
Cheryl CarterCheryl Carter
As Cleo
Irene TedrowIrene Tedrow
As Mrs. Estes
Jonathan SagallJonathan Sagall
As Dr. Bob Gage
Michael GriswoldMichael Griswold
As Paul
Robert GintyRobert Ginty
As Bill Estes
Teri BeckermanTeri Beckerman
As Nora
Tyne DalyTyne Daly
As Madeline Estes
Carl ReindelCarl Reindel
As Roger
Davis RobertsDavis Roberts
As Mr. Marlin
Mary BellMary Bell
As Bonnie
Patricia BarryPatricia Barry
As Dr. Hotchkiss
Main Cast
Jack KlugmanJack Klugman
As Dr. R. Quincy
Episode Notes
The focus of this episode, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is not much better understood now than it was when Taylor penned the episode. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that a medical examiner must rule out all other causes of death first. Some forms of child abuse, notably shaken baby syndrome, present with similar signs and symptoms, and abusers have occasionally evaded justice when medical examiners have, for various reasons, failed to detect the abuse.

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