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By Mollie Bryant and Jeff Raymond
Oklahoma Watch 

Autopsies reveal a march of infant deaths tied to unsafe sleeping


September 3, 2017

Jeff Raymond, Oklahoma Watch

Taffy Henderson, a maternal and child health promotion specialist with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, arranges a crib meant to show what an unsafe sleeping environment looks like. Henderson uses the crib to demonstrate safe-sleeping practices in classes she teaches.

In October of last year, a 2-month-old infant from Kiowa County died after co-sleeping with her parents.

Her mother woke up to find her father's arm partially obscuring her face, according to an autopsy report, which attributed her death to probable asphyxiation due to "overlay."

In May of last year, a 6-month-old Tulsa County infant died from suffocation after co-sleeping with an adult and a sibling on an adult bed. The baby was found unresponsive between the mattress and wall with his face in a pillow.

Three months earlier, a 5-month-old Oklahoma City infant was found dead in her crib wit...

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