Unsafe sleeping conditions causing child deaths

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Connecticut Department of Children and Families website.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A recent report shows infants in Connecticut are more likely to die from unsafe sleeping conditions than child abuse, car accidents, choking, falls and other accidents.

The Office of the Child Advocate reviewed 82 fatalities of children age birth to 3 years that were brought to the attention of the Office of the Child Medical Examiner in 2013. Of those deaths, 44 were from natural causes, 12 from accidents, 10 from homicides and 16 were from undetermined causes.

Of the 38 children who died from non-natural causes, the majority lived in families that had current or previous involvement with the Department of Children and Families.

The report, released last week, found at least 18 infants died due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or risk factors associated with unsafe sleeping conditions.

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