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Another infant death in Kenosha

5-month-old girl is fourth fatality in last two weeks


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BY DENEEN SMITH
dsmith@kenoshanews.com


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A 5-month-old Kenosha girl was found dead in her crib Wednesday morning, the fourth infant to die at home in Kenosha the past two weeks.

Lt. Bradley Hetlet said Kenosha police were called to a home in the 3900 block of 28th Avenue at 6:14 a.m. for a report of an infant who was not breathing. Paramedics could not resuscitate the baby, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hetlet said the baby had been sleeping in a crib, and a parent found that she was not breathing when going to check on her Wednesday morning. He said there was no sign of trauma and she had not been reported to be ill. An autopsy will be conducted Thursday.

The infant was the fourth baby to die of unknown causes in the last two weeks.

Previous cases

On Feb. 2, an 8-month-old boy died at home in the 4600 block of 36th Avenue. Police said his parents reported he had been ill with a fever.

On Feb. 3, a 5-month-old infant died at home in the 6600 block of 22nd Avenue after the family reported finding the baby unconscious and not breathing at about 8 a.m.

On Feb. 11 another 5-month-old girl was found at home on the 1100 block of 61st Street at about 4:30 a.m. unconscious and not breathing.

In all three of those cases, there was no sign of trauma. Autopsies were performed and Hetlet said information on cause of death is awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

State, federal data

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there were 12 infant deaths in Kenosha in 2014. Seven of those deaths were neonatal, or in infants less than 28-days old, and five were postneonatal, or in infants 28-days to 1-year old.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the leading cause of death for babies between 1-month and 12-months old is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, defined as as the sudden death of an infant that that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. According to CDC data, 1,500 infants died of SIDS in the United States in 2014.


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