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Fayetteville Police Investigate Toddler's Death

Posted March 2, 2007

Authorities in Fayetteville are investigating the death of a toddler.

At around 7:30 a.m. Friday, officers were called to 408 Turnpike Drive in Fayetteville. When they arrived, they found the 2-year-old unresponsive. The child was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where doctors were unable to revive the child.

Authorities said the mother and her child were sleeping in the same bed and the mother may have rolled onto the child, causing the child to suffocate. Detectives said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

The final cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is completed.

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  • sicntired Mar 6, 2007

    I totally agree! Kids are always coming into parents beds - for comfort or whatever. I pray for the family, and my sympathy goes out to the mother who will have to live with this for the rest of her life!!! May God Bless You!

  • Lulli Mar 6, 2007

    I doubt there is one reader who has not, at some point, allowed a child in the bed....maybe it was to watch tv or to console the child after a nightmare or a regular pattern. None of us was there & I'm sure this parent is already kicking herself more than any of us can! Prayers be with this family. Judge not, lest you be judged! I'm sure it was an accident or it could be something medical. Best to wait & see.

  • crash Mar 4, 2007

    It's so sad when things like this happen. Many of us parents have gone to sleep with our kids after a long day. So sad to hear this. My heart goes out to the family.

  • Student Nurse Mar 3, 2007

    You all are absolutely correct. I should not have judged another mother before knowing anything. Please forgive my previous comments.

  • mommy4 Mar 3, 2007

    I feel so bad for this family.
    I must say, though, I have four children and we have always had a king size bed so that the kids can sleep with us. Especially when I was nursing. Some people are just heavier sleeper than others I suppose.

  • IteachforJesus Mar 2, 2007

    You know, SIDS is a possibility too. I lived in fear for 5 years after my son was born, worrying about that. Even today when he is sleeping I look to see breath movement.

  • my2boys Mar 2, 2007

    I am a separated mom and my 5 year old crawls in bed with me everynight after I have zonked out. I usually don't realize he is there until morning, as I sleep like a rock after long days with work, homework, housework, etc. Could I roll over on him? Absolutely. What a terrible, terrible tragedy. For those of you without children, you cannot know what comfort a child finds in just being near their parent...even if the parent is asleep. And for those that say the parents should be aware enough to put the child in their own bed...yes, that would be perfect if the scenario always included the parent being awake or awakened in order to do so. I wish I could!! He slides in, unheard, just to be with Mom and security. Again, such a heartwrenching situation. May they find comfort and peace. God bless.

  • DriveBye Mar 2, 2007

    This kid was Nifonged! I'm sure he had something to do with it.

  • All child molesters should die Mar 2, 2007

    I'm not a mother (by choice), but I feel so badly for the mother. Unfortunately, freak accidents happen, in every facet of life.

    I don't know the specifics, and can only go by what I've read, but I can't imagine how this mother must feel.

    I have a tiny dog, who was under a blanket once, and I had no idea he was there, until I plopped down on top of him!! Thank God I didn't kill him. Accidents happen.

    I hope the mother has a good support system.

  • SOCLOSE Mar 2, 2007

    When my daughter was a baby, we would fall asleep together all the time. Not b/c she didn't have a crib, it was just nice to feel my baby beside me, smell her baby's breath, and cuddle with her. I thank God now that something like this didn't happen to me. Let's not judge, we don't know what the situation involves exactly. As a matter of fact, let's not judge PERIOD, we are not GOD.