Michigan State Police said they’re assisting in investigating the Sunday death of a 1-month-old baby in the Fairgrove area.
A detective at the state police post in Caro is examining circumstances surrounding the infant girl’s death. The Advertiser could not reach the investigator for comment as of press time.
“It appears the 19-year-old mother fell asleep while feeding the baby,” said 1st Lt. David Kaiser of state police 3rd District headquarters in Flint.
Kaiser said he didn’t know if the mother was breastfeeding the baby, or using a bottle or other method. State police indicated they’re assisting the Akron Police Department – which covers Fairgrove Township as well as the village of Akron – on the case.
The Advertiser could not reach Akron Police Department officers for comment. Kaiser indicated Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene requested state police assistance with the investigation.
It appears the girl died due to unsafe sleep practices, according to Reene, a source for an abc12.com report. The infant’s mother was in bed with her before the baby was found not breathing, according to the report.
“We implore everyone who has a baby, who knows someone who has a baby, to talk about safe sleep practices,” Reene states in the report. “There are certain situations where you don’t get second chances. This is one of those situations. There’s no second chance here and it is a preventable death.”
The infant was born July 6, according to the online report.
Putting your baby in bed with you, or bed-sharing, is hazardous and increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to kidshealth.org.
While the number of babies who die from SIDS has been falling, the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed skyrocketed 184 percent from 1999 to 2015, according to statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics.