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Child, unresponsive at Bragg day care, later dies

Posted March 16, 2012

— Fort Bragg officials are investigating the death of a 4-month-old boy who became unresponsive at a day care center on post and died.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Fort Bragg spokesman Ben Abel says the boy first became unresponsive Friday. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died.

Army Criminal Investigation Command is looking into the death of the child, whose name was not released.

Between 2007 and early 2011, a dozen infants and toddlers who lived on post with their families died under mysterious circumstances. The Army and the Consumer Product Safety Commission tested the military housing where the children lived but couldn't find an environmental link to their deaths.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer


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  • Kimbby Mar 16, 2012

    I can't even imagine losing a baby/child. Much less, leaving a child at daycare in the morning, and then finding out they died. Not trying to say the day care is at fault, but I'm sure the parents will want to blame someone, and it'd be easier for them to blame the day care, if that makes sense.

  • didyouhearme Mar 16, 2012

    Check the hair, stool, urine and skin. I don't think I would eliminate the possibility of a person doing the killing either so I would make lists of people. Even casual contact with them. This was very quick. A four month old would eliminate many things that with a toddler you could not eliminate. If the gov. was unable to find the toxins, perhaps we need to have others take a look. Maybe the criminal investigators need to be toxicologists. There are people who would donate time to this. I am very proud of our service men and women. Also, our data in the NLM is so wonderful. All free if you know how to use it. But it is available to everyone. Surely by now, there is a trend in these babies aside from the deaths. Did you know that in toxnet, the HSDB you can enter the symptom, it will provide you with a list of contaminants. They could start there. I am so sorry.

  • anneonymousone Mar 16, 2012

    Thanks, Bill0.

  • didyouhearme Mar 16, 2012

    I can't think of anything worse than loosing a baby. On our military bases? No. Should be safe. What the heck is going on? We have one of the most advanced toxic data banks in the world. I would be so screaming from the nearest mountain top. I hope they run full blood panels on this child, I hope that they test for all contaminants not lead and things that are "typical". We need to make sure these babies are safe. Those numbers are way way way too high. Remembering of course that when it happens to you it happens 100%. Something is up. Did the same people come in contact with the babies? What about the formula? Was it mixed? Canned? a four month old doesn't get on the ground to play. Did the fathers work in the same area? they can bring contaminants home. Mothers? I had heard of this but didn't know the numbers were so darn high. A dozen? OMG. no no way. God bless them, but lets do something about this. Terrible. Just terrible.

  • bill0 Mar 16, 2012

    anneonymousone - the national infant mortality rate is 7 per 1000. 3 of the kids who died all lived in 1 house at different times. The statistical probability of that being pure chance is 0.00003% - literally less than 1 in a million.

    Of course, when you have a positive sample size of only 12 kids, nothing is impossible, but it sure looks like something is going wrong down there.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Mar 16, 2012

    hope it wasn't shaken baby syndrome... like baby kaleb in 2007. hope that all is well, and that is not the case. hope the family has lots of support to help them get through this.

  • anneonymousone Mar 16, 2012

    MrLee34, "ironic" is not the word you want; I think you're aiming for something like "purely coincidental."

    In all the articles I've read, no data has been presented about the number of child deaths, especially inexplicable child deaths, that is typical for a population of the size and mobility of Fort Bragg with the same demographics; that information might be helpful in gauging how unusual the infant mortality rate is there.

    Correlation does not imply causation, and spreading unfounded rumors and allegations helps no one.

    The survivors of these deaths---and those whose deaths may be prevented by genuine knowledge---deserve better.

  • hmmmmm Mar 16, 2012

    Another one....:( Prayers & strength being sent to this family.

  • jsfricke2 Mar 16, 2012

    so sad..i wonder if they were all attending that daycare at some point..maybe they should check into the people that work there

  • mommyoftwins Mar 16, 2012

    My prayers go out to the family of this baby and the daycare workers that were there with him. I hope that they can find out what is happening. I couldn't imagine loosing a child. My heart breaks for them.