A closer look at more than 40 questionable cases in North Carolina that were ruled as SIDS.
Angel, 4 months
Sleeping with mother and sibling on twin beds pushed together at a community shelter. Baby put face down.
Bridgette, 1 month
Repairman found baby dead in bed with mother.
Hannah, 3 months
Baby wrapped in sweaty blanket. Put to bed face down.
Jacob, 1 month
Found in mother’s arm. Both sleeping on couch.
Malik, 4 months
Multiple blankets and pillows in crib. Put face down.
Matthew, 1 month
Mother at foot of bed, baby on one side, boyfriend on the other.
Talia, 1 month
Found on couch surrounded by pillows; mother had prior child abuse conviction.
William, 2 months
“Lots of roaches in the house.” Red marks on baby were roach bites post-mortem. Put face down in bassinet.
Xavier, 20 days
Ten people in house owned by 82-year-old woman who was providing care to underprivileged people. Sleeping with mother on couch.
Alicia, 1 month
Sleeping between mother and father in bed.
Aniyah, 1 month
Found face down in waterbed.
Bradley, 2 months
Amphetamine manufacturing suspected in house. No details about how baby slept.
Davis, 3 months
Conflicting reports about where baby died. Father had lost another baby to SIDS in ’02.
Gabriel, 6 months
Baby found on futon with stuffed animal over face.
Jayden, 1 month
Sleeping on air mattress with an adult; “overlying … cannot be definitively excluded.”
Marcus, 4 months
He “curled up on his side facing his mother in the bed” along with at least one other child.
Matthew, 1 month
Mother and two teen daughters came home from bar about 2 a.m. Mother slept with baby.
Trenton, 3 months
Mother placed infant at father’s feet on couch.
Zoie, 2 months
Baby placed face down in crib. Pathologist wrote cause of death should be undetermined because of previous SIDS death in family.
Aleighsia, 2 months
Family was using pillow for a mattress in the bassinet. Baby found face down.
Ariana, 7 months
Placed on comforter with blanket over her. Found tightly wrapped in comforter.
Hayden, 3 weeks
Baby sleeping with mother and father and found face down. Hospital instructions at birth were for baby to “sleep on back – not in mother’s bed.”
Ja’Vion, 1 month
Found face down on father’s chest.
Joe, 9 days
Sleeping with mother. Baby tested positive for opiates at birth.
Madeline, 3 months
Found at home of 60-year-old babysitter. Report didn’t detail where baby slept. Sitter shot herself when she learned the baby was dead.
Robert, 23 days
Sleeping with mother and father. Parents smoke.
Scott, 9 days
Sleeping with mother and father. Mother said several SIDS deaths in extended family.
Taeqan, 5 months
Parents drank, used marijuana that night. Baby slept with them.
Dani, 1 month
Found sleeping in mother’s armpit; mother suspected of crack use during pregnancy.
Devin, 3 months
Mother placed baby face down on folded blanket on soft leather couch.
Dulce, 4 months
Baby placed on mattress on floor; rolled off onto floor twice that day.
Henry, 2 months
Found dead on air mattress; earlier SIDS in family in 2004.
Jesse, 10 days
Baby lying on sleeping mother’s chest.
Sebastian, 26 days
Baby placed on pillow, in bed with parents and twin.
Travis, 3 months
Baby sleeping in car seat on a bed between mother and father.
Averley, 5 months
Found with blanket or quilt wrapped around baby’s head.
Calviuna, 2 months
Sleeping with mother and father. Mattress was well worn; mother slept in trough.
Camron, 1 month
Baby fed, put to sleep in bouncy seat. Strong tobacco aroma.
Eliza, 3 months
Differing stories about where baby slept. Baby found face down.
Jacoby, 4 months
Sleeping between mother and wall on twin bed.
Jaidah, 1 month
Found face down against padded side of bassinet; mother and investigators concerned about accidental suffocation.
Sincere, 5 months
Baby lying on floor next to pillows and space heater. “A lot of unclear answers from mother and others.”
Zyonnah, 1 month
Baby sleeping with mother, her head on the mother’s arm. Comforter and two pillows on bed.
Source: N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, autopsies and investigative reports
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