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After baby's death, medical professionals warn against sleeping with infants in bed

Lawton_A one-month-old Lawton baby is dead, and police say it happened after the little boy's mother fell asleep with the infant in her bed.  When she phoned for help, the mother told dispatchers that her baby was blue.  Investigators say they believe it was a tragic accident.  "When she woke up, the child was not breathing," said Lawton Police Captain Will Hines.  "Had to call EMS and at the time, EMS was trying to revive the child at the house."  Police say the infant was rushed to the hospital.  But it was too late, the baby died. 

Police say that in tragedies such as this, the mother has accidentally rolled over onto the baby and suffocated it, but they are unsure if that's what happened in this case.  Nevertheless, they, along with medical professionals, are warning parents of the danger of letting infants sleep in bed with adults. 

Registered Nurse Lore Silkey says sleeping in bed with an infant is something parents should never do.  If they have been doing this, she says, they need to stop now.  "If they're taking care of the baby, watching the TV, awake, there's usually not too much trouble," she said.  "The problem comes when they do fall asleep.  Anytime we hear of a child sleeping in the same bed as an adult, that raises some concerns with us."

The concern of medical professionals is valid.  "It's possible that you could roll over on the baby and never even realize it, and you won't wake up," she said.  She said that although parents may think it would never happen to them - she says it's always a possibility.  "Every time we hear that we cringe because we think these things [tragedies] could be avoided."

Silkey says new moms usually want to keep their babies close out of convenience.  "When it comes to feeding, even with a bottle or changing diapers, they have everything right there, they don't have to get up," she said.  While she says that's okay, if moms are feeling drowsy, or preparing to go to sleep, she says the baby must be removed from the bed.  "They should put the baby in a crib or bassinet," she said.  "You can have a bassinet right next to the bed - that will make easy to reach the baby."

Any time a baby dies like this, it is also tough for police.  They say that they must investigate the death, even if it's clearly accidental.  It's tough for grieving parents.

The infant who died has a twin sibling, and police say that baby was not in the bed with its mother.

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