Tulsa Police investigate two infants tragically killed in same type of accident


Tuesday, February 14th 2006, 10:04 am
By: News On 6


A tragic Valentine's Day for two Tulsa families on Tuesday. Two babies have died in what Tulsa Police say are sleeping accidents.

News on 6 reporter Steve Berg says police say it's tough to know exactly what happened in these cases, but in both of these cases early Tuesday morning, and in many others, the child was sleeping in the same bed with the parent or parents.

One happened in the 500 block of South 41st West Avenue. Tulsa Police say a 9-week-old boy died, apparently from suffocation.

Also, in the 13000 block of East 17th Street, a 2-month-old baby died, again while sleeping with the parent.

Tulsa Police don't know if these were accidental suffocations or perhaps sudden infant death syndrome. At the same time though, based on their experience investigating these cases, they believe it's very risky to sleep with your child and the want to warn against it.

Tulsa Police Sgt Whitney Allen: "the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Consumer Product Safety Commission have come out and said do not sleep with your infant, that co-sleeping has risks and it has dangers and it's not worth taking that risk.”

Of the 19 unexplained baby deaths in Tulsa over the past two years, police say 17 of those were children who were sleeping in the same bed as their parents.