(55 ILCS 5/3-3016)
(from Ch. 34, par. 3-3016)
Sudden unexpected infant death and sudden infant death syndrome.
Where an infant
under one year of age has died suddenly and unexpectedly and the
circumstances concerning the death are unexplained following investigation, an autopsy shall be
performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its
branches who has special training in pathology. When an autopsy is
conducted under this Section, the parents or guardian of the child shall
receive a preliminary report of the autopsy within 5 days of the infant's
death. All suspected sudden unexpected infant death and sudden infant death syndrome cases shall be reported
to the Statewide Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Program within 72 hours.
Death certificates shall list the cause of death as sudden unexpected infant death or sudden infant death syndrome where this finding is medically justified pursuant to the rules
and regulations of the Department of Public Health. Copies of death
certificates which list the cause of death of infants under one year of age
as sudden unexpected infant death or sudden infant death syndrome shall be forwarded to the Department of
Public Health within 30 days of the death with a report which shall include
an autopsy report, epidemiological data required by the Department and
other pertinent data.
(Source: P.A. 101-338, eff. 1-1-20