The Loss of an Infant

The death of a child is tragic. The death of an infant in a preventable accident is even more tragic.  Marion County has suffered another accidental suffocation death. According to, a family member was holding the baby on her chest and fell asleep. During the night she rolled over on the baby and the infant was suffocated.

Kids Central works hard to provide infant safe sleeping education and free pack ‘n’ plays for families that cannot afford traditional cribs. The Baby Sleep Basics program is funded by Kids Central and is available to expectant and new mothers in Circuit 5 (Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, and Sumter Counties). The mothers and other caretakers are educated on the importance of safe sleeping habits and the safest way to put babies to sleep. They are also taught what SIDS is and what SIDS is not.

To be eligible for the Baby Sleep Basics Program families must meet the following requirements: be in the third trimester of pregnancy or have a child less than 12 months of age, has no working crib or pack ‘n’ play, meets the federal poverty guidelines, and live in Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake or Sumter Counties. For more information, call Kimberly O’Laughlin at 352-387-3549 or visit our Baby Sleep Basics webpage.

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