Woman Wanted For Manslaughter After Co-Sleeping Leads To Baby Death
A Cincinnati woman is wanted for involuntary manslaughter and endangering children charges after accidentally killing her newborn child while co-sleeping with the infant – the second time such an incident has happened in her care.
Brook Hunter had been previously warned by prosecutors to not co-sleep with her children after another child died last year from the same cause before this most recent tragedy, which took place earlier this summer.
Young Mother Told Not To Co-Sleep With Infant After Another Child Of Hers Died Under The Same Circumstances
Co-sleeping, or bed-sharing, is described as when a parent sleeps in close physical contact with their child, typically in a bed or a couch or chair.
A Cincinnati woman has been indicted on involuntary manslaughter and endangering children charges after her newborn child died as a result of co-sleeping — the second child of hers to die from the warned-against activity.
Assistant Prosecutor Amy Causing told both outlets that the prosecutors office had warned Hunter of co-sleeping with infants after the death of her first child.
On Wednesday, a warrant was issued for Hunter’s arrest, which remains active as of Friday.
A photo of Hunter from a different arrest was provided to the media.
American Academy Of Pediatrics Warns Parents From Sharing Their Beds With Babies
On the practice of co-sleeping, the American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should not be “bed sharing with your baby under any circumstances.”
“If you bring your baby into your bed to feed or comfort them, place them in their own sleep space when you’re ready to go to sleep,” the AAP’s website reads. The organization also notes that the risk of sleep-related infant death while sharing a bed with a parent is “5 to 10 times higher when your baby is younger than 4 months olds.”
Earlier this summer, the AAP released an update to its infant sleep guidelines, its first update in over five years, which noted the correlation between co-sleeping/placing items in a crib and “increased risk of (sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS) and suffocation.”
Infant Safe Sleep Practices Include Removing All Objects From Bed, Flat Sleep Surface
The organization recommends that parents put babies on their backs to sleep up until the age of one, while advising them to “use a firm, flat non-inclined sleep surface (e.g. tightly fitting mattress in a safety-approved crib) covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects to reduce the risk of suffocation or wedging or entrapment.”
Even objects such as crib bumpers and mesh liners weren’t advised.
The AAP also tells parents to have “infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed” but “on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for at least the first six months.
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