Parents Charged with Murder in Cosleeping Death

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Parents Charged with Murder in Cosleeping Death
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Wed, 01-11-2012 - 10:20am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/co-sleeping-baby-death_n_1193783.html

A Utah court has upheld charges against a couple whose child died in 2006 while sleeping with them.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 01-11-2012 - 10:26am

I would have to know more about this story before I could form an decent opinion. Having lost two babies to co-sleeping looks very damning - it does make you wonder if there is more going on?

But to lose two babies thru no fault of your own and then be charged with murder on top of that? I just cannot imagine the grief...

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Registered: 01-12-2012
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 1:49pm

SAD SITUATION. IF THEY DID NOTHING WRONG OR IF THEY DID. ITS JUST SO SAD FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!

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Registered: 02-22-2011
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 5:24pm

Not enough evidence to really give a good opinion of the situation, but if I were in their shoes, I wouldn't cosleep a second time. I'm a paranoid person as it is who will not cosleep with this child (which is my first), but I have nothing against cosleeping. From my understanding of cosleeping, doesn't the baby usually sleep in their own bed next to the mother? That's the only way I really heard of, not in between the parents because the risk is so high.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 7:28pm

I have seen cases before where this tragedy has struck a family more than once. So I googled, and found that there is a tendency for SIDS to run in families.

http://www.unisa.edu.au/news/2006/290606.asp

It would make sense if it was to do with jaw morphology, and breathing. Just as sleep apnea, and other breathing disorders like snoring will run in families.

I would not be hasty on giving an opinion on this one, and I certainly can imagin e how distraught the parents must be, and that they get good advice about such family tendencies.

Teresa

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 3:27am
ITA with all those who have stated that we don't have enough info to properly judge this case. I'd have to know more about the circumstances of these co-sleeping deaths before I could form a proper opinion. If the most recent death was thru no fault of their own then they should not be charged. As I have said before, I don't believe co-sleeping is inherently dangerous in and of itself so I don't see the mere fact that they had two babies die while co-sleeping in and of itself as justification for charging them with a crime even. The prosecution should have to show definitively that there is something that made co-sleeping particularly dangerous such as being in their case and the parents either knew this and did it anyways. The mere fact that had a previous baby of theirs had died while co-sleeping is not enough IMO to prove their case since that death could have been through no fault of their own and thus does not demonstrate co-sleeping is especially dangerous in their case.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 11:55am
KILLER31 wrote:

SAD SITUATION. IF THEY DID NOTHING WRONG OR IF THEY DID. ITS JUST SO SAD FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!

welcome

Welcome to the debate board. It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.

I have to agree with you - no matter how it happend, those poor little babies.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 3:10am
ITA. It's indeed sad for both the parents and the babies even if the parents did nothing wrong.

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