An Indiana baby girl has died from suffocation after her parents folded the rear seat of their SUV on top of her unaware that she was there.
Detective Erin Keppeler said there was miscommunication between the parents about where the girl was. They found her sometime later unresponsive under the folded seat and were unable to resuscitate her.
“He had pulled it through the crib rails somehow and gotten [sic] himself stuck in it. You never think it will happen to you. You never think it will be your baby. Please do not put your babies to bed with a blanket. Please. He was 7 months old, I thought because he was crawling, standing on his own, and climbing, that he would be fine with a blanket,” mother Jordan DeRosier said in her Facebook post.
Authorities said the parents used bungee cords and placed heavy bags of ice melt on top of the mattress in an effort to keep the child from pushing the mattress away. The parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault for the death of their son.
- Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
- Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
- Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
- Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
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