13 baby deaths reported in Milwaukee so far this year

8 deaths happened in unsafe sleeping environment
Posted at 1:24 PM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 18:26:33-04

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An autopsy should tell police investigators what caused the death of a 5-month-old baby in Milwaukee.

Police responded to a home on the city's north side about 4 a.m. Tuesday after the infant girl was found deceased.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says it's the 13th baby death this year. Eight of those deaths have happened in unsafe sleeping environments.

Amanda Bagin is With The Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, an awareness group that champions safe sleep

“About 1 infant dies in an unsafe sleeping environment in Wisconsin each week," she said.

They say infants should sleep alone on their backs and in their own crib. Babies should also be in a smoke-free environment.

“This could happen to any family in any part of our state, whether it be urban or rural, so it’s really important for all families to be educated on this," Bagin added.

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