- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Children’s Trust of South Carolina is hosting a “safe sleep summit” to reduce the number of infant deaths from unsafe sleeping environments.

Thursday’s meeting in Columbia is expected to draw more than 150 professionals. It’s the first such session held by the group.

The trust says the Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported that the number of infant deaths caused by accidents increased from 30 deaths in 2011 to 41 in 2012. DHEC said suffocation and strangulation in bed accounted for nearly all of those accidents.

More than a half-dozen of state and national experts on children’s safety issues are speaking.

The event is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Marriott Hotel.

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