- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Health Department has announced it’s expanding its safe sleep program just as another baby death was reported.

City health officials said Tuesday they are teaming up with Milwaukee police to expand the Cribs for Kids program.

Just hours before the announcement, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office said it was investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl. Initial reports indicate the child was sleeping with two adults on a partially inflated air mattress.

Health officials say about 10 to 15 infant deaths each year in Milwaukee are attributable to unsafe sleep environments.

The Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1KVmwEN ) reports under the new program, Milwaukee police officers in Districts 7, 2, and 3 responding to routine calls will be able to refer families to a safe-sleep trained community liaison officer.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com



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