Death of Baker County infant linked to co-sleeping

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BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) – Baker County authorities are investigating the death of a 5-week-old boy who died of asphyxiation caused by co-sleeping.

The Baker City Herald reports the baby had been sleeping with his mother when he died last weekend. The baby’s father was also home at the time.

District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff said in a press release that an autopsy was conducted Monday in Portland.

Shirtcliff said he and his staff helped establish a Cribs for Kids program in Baker County after three babies died of “positional asphyxiation” linked to co-sleeping in 2009 and another two died last year.

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