By Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State officials are concerned over the recent rash of child sleeping deaths in Mississippi.

The Clarion-Ledger ( reports that seven infants and children in the state have died in the past month due to unsafe sleeping conditions.

Officials say from June 29 to Thursday, seven children ranging from three weeks to two years old died after being asphyxiated or suffocated due to an unsafe sleeping environment.

Tonya Rogillo, director of special investigations for the Division of Family and Children Services at the Department of Human Services, says it is uncommon for the department to receive that many reports within that amount of time.

Over the past year, 12 infants and children in Mississippi died under these circumstances.

Rogillo says the circumstances that led to the deaths varied.

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