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Co-sleeping kills up to 3 infants a month in Clark County

Posted at 6:02 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 13:20:24-05

13 Action News is looking into the dangers of sleeping with your infant after police said a baby was rushed to the hospital because of co-sleeping.

Police said the infant was in 'severe' critical condition Wednesday night.

It's a dark reality nurse Jeanne Marsala has seen far too often.

"It's a huge problem in Clark County," Marsala said.

Marsala works with Safe Kids, a nonprofit in Las Vegas educating parents about child safety. She said the biggest danger of co-sleeping is death.

"Any parent that loses a child points their finger to themselves first," Marsala said.

According to Safe Kids, two to three children a month will die of co-sleeping in Clark County.

"For me the fear was too great," said mother of three Janessa Fletcher, who chose not to co-sleep with any of her children.

Yet, many other mothers do choose to have their infants sleep in the same bed as them.

"You know there are a lot of people that are against having the baby in the bed and what not, but it was the only way he would go to sleep," said one mother.

Safe Kids suggest having your infant sleep in a crib or bassinet. Make sure the area is clear of any toys or blankets and lay the baby on their back is best.