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Las Vegas police urge safe sleep practices after 23 infant deaths in 2018

Posted at 11:18 AM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 15:09:19-05

Las Vegas police have investigated 23 sleep-related deaths involving infants this year. 

While the Abuse and Neglect Section said Thursday there hasn't been an increase compared to previous years, they do see an increase in the winter months when parents may co-sleep with their infant children or put blankets or other things inside the crib.

Police responded to five sleep-related deaths in October. The department usually averages between 20 and 30 sleep-related deaths a year with the high of 30 happening in 2016. 

According to Abuse and Neglect detectives, there have been 66 child deaths this year, also including medical incidents, homicides, suicides and drowning. 

"Let's not have any more tragedies," said Lt. Leon Desimone. 

He also said that deaths related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome are preventable and talked about safe sleep practices. 

Dr. Kelly Kogut, the medical director of children's surgery at Sunrise Children's Hospital, reiterated the ABCs of infant sleeping, including the baby should be sleeping alone, on their back and in a crib.