ANDERSON, S.C. — An 8-month-old baby died from being wedged between the child’s father and the chair he fell asleep in.
Anderson County coroner Don McCown told WYFF-TV that the father was sitting with the child in an office chair when he fell asleep Friday evening.
The baby also fell asleep and then became wedged between the arm of the chair and the side of his father’s body, McCown said.
When EMS was called to the scene around 9:30 p.m., the infant was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the child and rushed it to AnMed Health, where it was pronounced dead as a result of cardiac arrest.
The father, who has not been publicly identified, told authorities that he had been up late working to find a new job before he fell asleep.
Jackie McCall, who works with the area’s Safe Kids program, said reports of child injuries and deaths from unsafe sleeping have increased as the economy worsens and as more parents work longer hours.
McCall said there have been seven child deaths in Anderson County in 2012, with five of them being caused by unsafe sleeping conditions.
“It’s just a sad reminder,” McCall told the station. “When you’re tired, put your child in the crib… You don’t fall asleep with them.”