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Sumter county coroner speaks about infant safety

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Greg Hancock, Sumter County Coroner. Greg Hancock, Sumter County Coroner.
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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.

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