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Two month old suffocates in parents bed
April 18, 2012James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
The death of an infant in Anderson County has made many concerns for how parents should keep their children safe. Children safety groups are trying to help educate the parents for children safety.
In Pelzer, SC a two month old boy was in his parents’ bed when he suffocated Tuesday morning because of unsafe conditions.
Anderson County Deputy Coroner, Don McCown, said, “The infant was sleeping in the bed with his parents when he got wedged into his father’s back and suffocated.”
According to Channel 7 On Your Side, the coroner’s office says, “It is not the first time a tragic accident such as this has happened in Anderson County.”
This is the third accidental suffocation of an infant this year in Anderson County because of being in the same bed as their parents.
Last year there were five accidental suffocations to children.
According to Channel 7 On Your Side, “It's not just Anderson County. Last year the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office says it had five accidental infant deaths.”
The Greenville County Coroner’s office said they have seen an increase in these types of deaths.
In 2011 there were twelve deaths in these three counties, compared to 2009 when there were only three.
Cynthia Fryer, manager of Safe Kids, said “A child should always be sleeping in a crib, and there are simple rules to follow to make sure your baby is safe.”
According to Channel 7 On Your Side, Safe Kids says, “Children need to be in a crib until at least 2 years old. They should be put to sleep on their backs with no blankets or pillows.”