The chief lie upon which the mother and baby scandal relies upon is the claim that babies were starved to death. This relies on a small number of death certificates which record the cause of death as due to ‘marasmus’. Marasmus is a type of malnutrition that is mostly caused by disease or birth defects. It is a barefaced lie to suggest that it is due to starvation. Featured are two entries the death register for Dublin which record that two infants died from malnutrition at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin. How is it that the scandal propagators and the conspiracy theorists are not accusing them of murder?