- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

BELTON, S.C. (AP) - A coroner says a baby’s death at an Anderson County day care was accidental, but likely could have been prevented if the infant had been placed on his back to sleep.

Deputy Coroner Don McCown told the Anderson Independent-Mail (https://bit.ly/1UZGikC ) on Monday that the death of 3-month-old Tate William Kirby of Belton should serve as a reminder to never place infants that young on their sides or stomachs to take naps.

In-home day care operator Stacy Hinnant Burton says she found Kirby unresponsive in his crib Friday. McCown says the baby, who had been swaddled and laid on his side, fell over and had his face against a plastic-covered mattress, causing the infant to asphyxiate.

Burton’s day care remains closed, pending an investigation. Burton hasn’t been charged.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, https://www.andersonsc.com

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