- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State health officials say nearly all of the 56 sudden unexplained infant deaths in Minnesota last year can be attributed to unsafe sleeping environments.

The state’s analysis shows 52 infant deaths involved babies sleeping with parents or siblings, lying on their stomachs or sleeping with blankets or toys that caused suffocation.

State health commissioner Ed Ehlinger says young lives can be saved by encouraging parents and caregivers to put infants to sleep on their backs in cribs free of pillows and blankets.

Health officials say such deaths have significantly declined in licensed family child-care facilities since the state increased training and attention to safe sleeping practices three years ago.

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