Police say co-sleeping likely a factor in 6-week-old infant’s death in Bath

Posted May 25, 2012, at 6:01 a.m.

BATH, Maine — The death of a 6-week-old infant who perished early Wednesday morning at her home in Bath was not the result of foul play, Maine State Police have determined.

“It is likely that the child co-sleeping with her parents is a contributing factor,” Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Thursday.

Bath rescue workers responded at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday to a home in Bath’s South End after the infant’s father reported that she was unresponsive, Bath Police Chief Mike Field said Wednesday.

“Bath rescue attempted lifesaving measures,” Field said, and the child was transported to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. “But we learned at 5:50 a.m. that she had passed away.”

Maine State Police detectives interviewed witnesses at the hospital before moving to the home in Bath on Wednesday.

A final report from the state medical examiner on the cause of death is likely weeks away, McCausland said.

“Unfortunately we lose two to three infants a year because the parents just think they’re doing the right thing, but children that young should be in their own crib or bassinet,” McCausland said.

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