After her child died from co-sleeping, an Ohio mother was charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering children.
According to People, it was her second kid to pass away as a result of the contentious procedure.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office in Ohio verified to The Post that Brook Hunter, 23, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was allegedly co-sleeping with her 6-week-old on the night of June 22. Co-sleeping is the practice of sleeping in close physical contact with a baby or toddler.
The dangers of co-sleeping were explained to Hunter after her first kid died from it last year, according to Amy Clausing, an associate prosecuting attorney, who spoke to The Post.
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Since Hunter was previously warned, her second child’s death, a result of co-sleeping, is considered a homicide by prosecutors.
While co-sleeping in the U.S. has become popular with parents, the practice goes against medical advice. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against bed-sharing, urging: It “should be avoided at all times” with a “[full]-term normal-weight infant younger than 4 months.”
The practice can put babies at risk for sleep-related deaths such as sudden infant death syndrome, accidental suffocation and accidental strangulation, according to the organization.