The Times podcast: The sketchy test sending moms to prison

A flotation test is performed at Mexico City's Institute of Forensic Science
A flotation test is performed at Mexico City’s Institute of Forensic Science. In this case, the lungs float.

There’s a test used across Latin America to determine whether a baby was born dead or alive. And depending on the result, it could allow prosecutors to bring murder charges against mothers who might have had a still-born birth. And there’s an even bigger problem. This test is 400 years old and very unreliable.

Today, how the so-called flotation test is sending women to prison for killing their newborns, even when they say they’re innocent. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times foreign correspondent Leila Miller

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