- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s chief medical examiner and attorney general are warning parents of the dangers of sharing their bed with their infants.

Chief Medical Examiner Mark Flomenbaum says that five infant deaths his office has investigated since last month have been caused by asphyxiation while sleeping.

He says all five babies were under the age of four months and their deaths were found to be accidental. He says the primary issue has been infants sleeping in the same bed as their parents.

Attorney General Janet Mills is urging parents to adhere to safe sleeping practices. She says the temptation to take a quick nap with an infant or try to provide warmth in cold weather can become deadly.

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