Sumter county coroner speaks about infant safety - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Sumter county coroner speaks about infant safety

Posted: Updated:
Greg Hancock, Sumter County Coroner. Greg Hancock, Sumter County Coroner.
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
  • Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:19:35 GMT
    Valerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School PrincipalValerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School Principal
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
  • Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:28 GMT
    Imaya FreeloveImaya Freelove
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

A 7-week old baby suffocated while sleeping on a couch with his mother Tuesday in Americus.

The father brought Johnny Dean Durham the third to his mother for a morning feeding, but the infant slipped between the couch cushions after they fell asleep.

The mother called EMS when she woke up and saw the baby lodged in the couch not breathing. While parents may want to sleep next to their babies, the coroner says parents need to learn safe ways to bond with their kids.

"You see a lot of cases where children are co-sleeping with their parents and of course nothing that the parent would do intentionally, but either a blanket gets over the baby, or a pillow gets over the baby, or a parent rolls over and doesn't realize the baby's there and it winds up with the death of the child," said Greg Hancock, Sumter County Coroner.

He said one or two cases like this happen every year in Sumter County, and he urges parents not to leave blankets or toys in children's beds.

The baby was pronounced dead upon arrival to the Phoebe-Sumter hospital. Americus Police are investigating the death but likely won't file charges.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.