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Family and Protective Services Aims to Curb Infant Sleeping Deaths

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - The State of Texas is launching an ad campaign to curb infant sleeping deaths. Recently, several case worker trainees with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services took part in a demonstration lecture on safe sleep.

The staff members were looking to empower each other with information on the safest way for children to sleep so that they can share that information with the public.

Hundreds of babies die in their sleep in Texas each year -- suddenly, unexpectedly and often without a clear explanation.

"There's a lot of folks that have an opinion on the way things were done at one time, but right now, research has shown us that this is the safest way for a child to sleep," said John Lennan of the Department of Family and Protective Services. "You know, alone, on their back, in a crib, in a smoke-free environment, to help avoid a tragedy of an infant dying."

In the first 10 months of this fiscal year, Child Protective Services has investigated 164 cases statewide involving kids who died while sharing a bed or unsafe sleep setting.