A recent rash of infant deaths in Stanislaus County is prompting public health officials to take action.
They plan to unveil a public education campaign Wednesday afternoon meant to inform parents about unsafe sleeping surfaces for infants. During the past six months, the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office reported 14 infant deaths caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and asphyxiation.
In December, a 5-week-old Modesto infant died after police reported she had been sleeping in a bed with her mother. They said at the time that she might have rolled on top of the daughter.
Coroner Kristi Herr-Ah You is expected to discuss causes of asphyxiation in infants and about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. County public health officials are set to talk about safe sleeping and parent resources.