Police: Lexington Infant Died From Suffocation

Police in Lexington are investigating the tragic death of an infant.

The 4-month-old child died after suffocating in the night and police believe it was likely an accident.

Investigators say the baby boy was in bed asleep with his mother, when the woman's 2-year-old daughter crawled into bed with them. At that point, police believe the girl fell asleep on top of her brother, causing him to suffocate.

When the mother woke up and found her baby was not breathing, she called 911.

The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital on Wednesday morning.

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  • by Joe Location: Stanton on Mar 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    This was just and accident. I have 5 sons and at one time or another when they were babies they slept in the same bed as me. My 4th child wouldn't sleep at night unless he slept on my stomach. He did this until he was 6 weeks old. I am a very light sleeper. My kids can get up in the middle of the night and say Dad one time and I am awake. I am the youngest of 10 and we all slept in bed with our parents till we we about 2 years old. These days we have a lot of parents on drugs and don't even know where they are much less their children. This woman has to live with the death of a child for the rest of her life. The death of a child is something you never get over. You think about it every single day. My daughter will be dead 10 years in May and I have thought about her everyday. My prayers are with the mother. Your son is with GOD now.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 9, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    From a parent, my sincerest condolences and prayers to the family.
  • by mom Location: ky on Mar 8, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    who are we to judge? maybe she was tired and the only way the baby would sleep was by her? maybe we should walk a mile in peoples shoes before we start condeming them to hell. my prayers go to this family in their time of despair, my family has been there and its like walking through hell and having fingers pointed and tounges wagging really dosent help.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 8, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    From what I've read in these posts, some of you would want to punished the 2 year old for accidently suffocating her little brother! You are so ready to judge this mother. And to say this was preventable is only speculation on your parts because no one knows what might happen. Children die every day in cribs & bassenettes, too! So stop being judge & jury because this family doesn't need your judgemental attitudes, they need your comfort. My grandfather always said: "If you cannot say something good about someone, then don't say anything!". This was a terrible accident, the little girl did not mean any harm to her brother.
  • by Mary Location: Ky on Mar 7, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    I agree with Erin...she has some sense. I slept every night with my granddaughter until she outgrew me. I did it because of SIDS. This was a horrible tragedy UNLESS the mother was under the influence of drugs or alcohol & could possibly been the one to roll on the baby and if she wasn't then this was just a horrible accident. I just hope that the 2 yr old is NEVER told they smothered their baby sibling by lying on them in their sleep. Can you imagine the guilt trip this child will have for their entire life if adults don't do their part to protect this child. Mothers have slept with their babies since the beginning of time to breast feed, for warmth, for protection, for lack of room because they had many other older kids, & many other reasons I can think of. But the big reason to sleep with your baby is SIDS and that is definately a worthy reason. God bless this family & especially the little two year old. I just pray they never remember.
  • by Debbie Location: Robertson on Mar 7, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    My heart goes out to the family. About three weeks ago my sister's friend's baby died at seven months old. The baby was sleeping in bed with his mother and father. The monther woke around 7 am rolled over and found her baby dead. When the mother was questioned she told the police that when she went to put the baby in bed with her she placed him on his BELLY to sleep. When I had my son 3 years ago the nurses told me to not place him on his stomach to sleep because they think it causes sids. Anyways when she found her baby he was still on his belly with his face buried in the mattres. I dont think the child died of sids I think he sufficated.Anyways enough of that, My heart goes out to the mother and her daughter because I know what it's like to lose a child.
  • by Will Location: Paris on Mar 7, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    To MANDY and the rest who want to go on criticizing people when the main point is a child is dead. Yes I am a parent as well, and it shouldn't have happened, but it did. So get over your comments and advice. Everyone gets on here and throws out comments like "parental stupidity", I mean come on. Were you there, do you know the circumstances. NO!! So quit pointing fingers and giving advice. Why people these days can't just get on here say they are sorry this happened, and offer condolence, then let it be. No, everyone wants to play "I am smarter than them". If this happened to any of you, and then you got on here and read how bad of a parent you were and how stupid you were, how would you feel. Get over yourself and grow up!!! Pray for the family and the child, and pray it doesn't happen again, don't put someone down in public for something that was an accident no matter how you look at it. I'm not saying it was right, but don't bash the parents who just lost a child. Have a heart!!
  • by Jeb on Mar 7, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    A parent here Fred.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 7, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    To satisfy my curiosity, how many of you are parents? (And before you start ripping, I'm being serious, not sarcastic as usual).
  • by j Location: ky. on Mar 7, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    You don't know the circumstances...when my daughter was an infant she had stomach reflux and athsma and sometimes would just vomit in her sleep without warning or precautions so I slept with her close to me. More than once I've been awakened by her choking and gagging and would not have been if she hadn't been in bed with me. Would I have been a bad mother if she had died in a crib because I wasn't close enough to hear her.? Everyone has diffrent ways of parenting and sadly still accidents can happen. You shouldn't pass judgement. I'm sure this mother has enough to deal with and needs our prayers.
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