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Mother warns of the dangers of co-sleeping

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police investigated two infant deaths in less than 48 hours and both are being blamed on co-sleeping.

Police say on May 9, it appears an infant boy died because of co-sleeping and in an unrelated incident on May 8, Heidi Lothringer's baby girl, Emilia, died for the same reason.

"I just, I can't believe she's gone," Lothringer said, "I just did not see this coming at all."

Lothringer says she went to sleep on her bed with baby Emilia next to her.

"There wasn't any crying. There didn't appear to be any sort of struggle that I heard, I didn't feel any kicking. Nothing, it didn't make any sense. I just woke up and she was gone," Lothringer said.

Metro Police investigate all child deaths in Clark County. Sergeant Joshua Bitsko says so far this year, six children have died because of unsafe sleeping conditions.

"Co-sleeping is when a parent sleeps in the same bed. A death can occur by the parent maybe rolling over on top of and suffocating the child or even an arm that goes across the face of the child can obstruct breathing enough to cause death," Sgt. Bitsko said.

Lothringer admits she made a mistake.

"I was actually familiar with the risks of it," she said.

She and her fiancée have two other children, and co-sleeping wasn't a problem for either of them.

"I think by the time I got to Emilia, I didn't give it a lot of thought which I should have," she said.

Her message to other parents is that the risks of co-sleeping are real.

"That night seemed very unreal. The whole night I remember saying to myself, 'this is not happening, this happens to other people, this does not happen to us.' But it was happening," Lothringer said.

Metro Police want parents to know the ABCs of sleep: Your child should be Alone, on their Back, in a Crib.

For more information on keeping kids safe, go to safekidsclarkcounty.org.

Parents in need can contact Baby's Bounty for items for their newborn, including cribs.



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