SC Coroner: Baby sleeping with father suffocates

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PELZER, S.C. — Anderson County authorities said a 2-month-old baby boy has died after he appeared to have slipped down a pillow and suffocated against his father’s back.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown says the baby was sleeping in the same bed with his parents early Tuesday in Pelzer.

McCown said it’s the third similar death in the county this year. The sheriff’s office is investigating. The child’s name was not released.

Hospitals warn against having babies sleep with their parents, but McCown says some people have followed the practice for years.

The baby slept on a pillow between his parents.

An autopsy was planned.

Credit: The Associated Press.