Co-sleeping death investigated in Waukesha
Waukesha - Police and the Waukesha County medical examiner's office are investigating the death of a 4-month-old baby overnight in which co-sleeping, where the mother and baby were sharing a bed, appears to be a factor, police Capt. Dennis Angle said.
A parent called emergency services to the Whiterock Ave. home shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday. Angle said the parents attempted to resuscitate the baby boy, as did a police officer who arrived on the scene and found the baby unconscious. Fire Department rescue crews en route to the hospital also attempted life-saving measures, Angle said.
He said the initial investigation does not indicate that alcohol or drugs were involved. He could not immediately say whether the home was equipped with a crib, although the parents had other children in the house.
In 2009, the Waukesha County Child Fatality Review Team stepped up efforts to educate parents of newborns about the dangers of co-sleeping and steps that could prevent such deaths. The simple "ABC" message is that babies should sleep alone, on their backs, in a crib.
As of late 2009, the county reported seven sudden unexpected infant deaths in five years where co-sleeping may have been a factor, along with other conditions, and three other deaths where co-sleeping was listed on the death certificate.
Deputy Medical Examiner Andrea Sorce said Friday that of the 11 infant deaths reported to her office last year, one, located in Muskego, was found to have involved unsafe sleeping practices.