The Morristown Police Department has announced no charges are going to be filed as a result of the death of a baby, which occurred this past summer.
In August, the Morristown Police Department investigated the death of a 7-month-old infant. After a thorough investigation it was determined that the cause of death was positional asphyxiation; as the result of the child being placed to sleep on an improperly filled air mattress and surrounded by loose bedding. The results of the investigation were reviewed by the Lamoille County State’s Attorney’s Office and no charges are being filed. MPD is encouraging all parents and caregivers of small children, especially those under the age of one to always place their children to sleep on an approved, safe sleep surface.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants under the age of 1 be placed to sleep on their backs, on an approved, firm sleep surface. The sleep surface should be free of pillows, comforters and other soft surfaces which could create the potential for suffocation. The AAP also advises against using soft items such as pillows and blankets to create barriers around a child to prevent rolling. For further information please see the American Academy of Pediatrics website at www.aap.org.