Baby death reveals dangers of co-sleeping

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The tragic death of a three-month-old baby reveals the dangers of co-sleeping.

Police believe one of the children rolled over the baby and accidentally killed her.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (WOAI) - A south side family is in mourning after a three-month-old baby girl suffocates in her sleep.

The details surrounding the death are gut-wrenching: the family lives in a shed with one queen-sized bed, and six people share that bed. That's two parents and four kids in the same bed.

Police believe one of the children rolled over the baby and accidentally killed her. The local news was there when the tragedy unfolded Monday morning and we wanted to find out where families can go if they desperately need another bed or a crib for their baby.

What we found is troubling: there is no group in San Antonio with a program to give away cribs to families who need them. However, there are groups who are working so hard to help those families in any way they can. A distraught mother. An ambulance for the tiniest child. A scene child advocates see far too often.

Now, the focus is on education. Groups are urging parents to never sleep in bed with your baby. They warn pillows or blankets can suffocate babies, who really need their space. But they say too many parents are not getting the message that co-sleeping can be deadly. The community needs to do better at finding those parents when they're at the hospital, giving birth. And even though no agencies give away cribs, they will do whatever it takes to prevent tragedy.

There is a program in the works that would be the only group in the area to give away cribs and pack-and-plays. State Senator Leticia Van De Putte lost her baby grandson to SIDS last year, and she raised enough money in his memory to give away 100 beds.

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