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Janesville police work to solve co-sleeping death problem

Child sleeping (Photo by: Daniel Dwase/Wikimedia Commons).
Child sleeping (Photo by: Daniel Dwase/Wikimedia Commons).

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - As Milwaukee struggles with sleep-related infant baby deaths, officials in Janesville believe they have solved a similar problem.

About a dozen babies died from unsafe sleeping conditions from 2005 through 2010.

Police detective Erik Goth tells the Janesville Gazette he was bothered by that -- so he started a partnership with area hospitals to teach prospective parents in pre-natal classes about safe sleeping.

Detective Christopher Buescher stepped in to help, after he lost a brother to sudden infant death syndrome 41 years ago. Goth and Buescher teach around 50 classes a year.

Of 11 previous infant deaths in Janesville, 8 involved infants sleeping on their stomachs -- and three were co-sleeping with parents. Since 2011, Janesville Police say they've had no reports of preventable infant sleeping deaths.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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