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Bragg: No connections found in infant deaths

Posted August 31, 2010
Updated September 16, 2010

— Fort Bragg officials said Tuesday that they haven't yet found any links between the deaths of 10 infants in military housing on post since the beginning of 2007.

Col. Stephen Sicinski, garrison commander at Fort Bragg, said he called for an in-depth investigation after two infants died in the same home in a three-month period last year.

"When we had two infants deaths relatively back to back and also in the same quarters, it popped off a couple of alarm bells in my head," Sicinski said during a news conference.

The Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology are assisting Fort Bragg officials to determine if faulty construction or environmental factors played a role in any of the deaths.

The initial investigation has revealed no common factors in the deaths, said Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Criminal Investigative Command.

One of the babies died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but medical experts haven't been able to determine the cause of death of seven of the babies, officials said. The remaining two deaths remain under investigation.

Grey refused to identify where the deaths occurred, saying they involved neighborhoods across the post and were in both new and old construction.

Officials said the home where the two infants died is vacant and will remain so until the investigation is completed.

Fort Bragg housing Bragg homes to be inspected for clues to infant deaths

John Shea, a manager for Picerne Military Housing, which constructs, renovates and manages the housing on Fort Bragg, said he was "very confident" that no Chinese-made drywall is in any of the homes on post, based on the results of extensive testing.

Chinese drywall has been linked to numerous health and structural problems in U.S. homes in recent years.

Sicinski said investigators have found no evidence of toxic mold in the houses, despite anecdotal evidence from some people living on post who said they have found mold in their homes.

"Our housing is world-class," Brig. Gen. Michael Garrett, chief of staff for the XVIII Airborne Corps. "We test, we do things to a very, very high standard to ensure that our soldiers and their families have the absolute best quarters that we can provide them."

Fort Bragg has almost 6,200 households, and officials said they want to keep the investigation in perspective.

"While every death is tragic, I'll tell you, based on our preliminary stub-pencil look at it, the rates are actually quite low," Sicinski said.

Garrett said the Army is conducting a "full spectrum of environmental testing" to see if experts can find anything the military can do to prevent more deaths. He and Sicinski vowed that investigators would immediate test homes if people feared a problem with their residence.

"This is a serous matter," Garrett said. "I can assure you that this will receive the personal attention of the leadership of Fort Bragg."


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  • shortcake53 Aug 31, 2010

    There HAS to be a connection, it cant be coincidence. My condolences to all the families, and I hope you do get answers.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Aug 31, 2010

    "No connections found in infant deaths"

    that's because you haven't found it yet!

  • samalex5608 Aug 31, 2010

    I live on post and I know for a fact that they are not taking reports of mold seriously. My friend just moved out of housing after asking housing several times to test the house after her daughter was getting sick.

  • kewlmom Aug 31, 2010

    Of course there's no connection! If there were then the Army would be lible for those babies' deaths. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-military; I just do not respect the military leadership.

  • sorry Aug 31, 2010

    This is sad just a cover up, They just don't want to be sued stop the lies please

  • chinesedrywall1 Aug 31, 2010

    We have a large group of Chinese drywall homeowners across the country who have joined together over the past 17 months to 2.5 years to deal with this situation and our government. If there is anything that we can do to be of assistance or any questions we can answer please contact us at chinesedrywall_1@yahoo.com.

  • Adelinthe Aug 31, 2010

    chablis - "They need an independent investigation without ARMY Interference."

    From what I understand, one mother DID bring in her own independent inspector who is the one that found the toxic black mold.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 31, 2010

    "Our housing is world-class," Brig. Gen. Michael Garrett, chief of staff for the XVIII Airborne Corps.

    He's got to be delusional.

    Wonder what housing HE lives in.

    If he's so sure about the conditions, let him live where the sick and dead infants were living for a while.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 31, 2010

    "Bragg: No connections found in infant deaths"

    Then maybe one of their "experts" can find a way to explain why an independent "expert" found toxic black mold.

    I don't think it's a coincidence at all. I think this housing killed those babies, and is responsible for sickening more.

    Praying for them all and praying for the government to stop with the excuses at the risk of men, women and children.

    God bless.


  • chablis75 Aug 31, 2010

    I have also lived in this area for over 20 years and have to say when we are putting our soldiers in barracks with BLACK MOLD, I do belive that the new houses were built with Chinese Drywall. The army will cover up anything that makes them look bad. this is a shame. All these babies died and it is not just a Coincidence. They need an independent investigation without ARMY Interference. My heart goes out to the families.