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Army investigates another baby death at Fort Bragg

Posted November 22, 2010

— Army investigators on Monday were looking into the death of an infant who lived in military housing at Fort Bragg – the 11th such death in less than four years.

A 5-month-old girl died Saturday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum said. The Army's Criminal Investigative Command is examining the circumstances of her death, he said.

Ten other children, ages 8 months to 2 years, have died in military housing on post since 2007, including one house where two infants died within three months.

One of the deaths has been ruled a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, while the cause of death for the other nine children remains undetermined.

The cause of the 5-month-old girl's death hasn't been determined yet, but there were no obvious signs of trauma and foul play isn't suspected, McCollum said.

Fort Bragg has tested 10 homes connected to the deaths for carbon monoxide, mercury vapor, mold, lead, asbestos and toxins in the drywall.

All the tests were negative or were at levels well below the standard for human exposure set by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Col. Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg's garrison commander. Those levels, however, are based upon adults, he said.

McCollum said tests on the air quality in the house where the 5-month-old girl lived also came back negative. Results on tests for mold and volatile organic compounds haven't come back yet, he said.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission is conducting its own tests of the homes for Chinese drywall, which has reportedly sickened people across the nation. Those tests are not yet complete.


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  • cw7790 Nov 23, 2010

    It sounds like there is something very wrong with the indoor environment in these homes. For accurate information about the health effects of mold and mycotoxins, go to http://truthaboutmold.info and http://globalindoorhealthnetwork.com.

  • rayne0524 Nov 23, 2010

    I agree that somebody other than Military Officials need to investigate.
    In all the articles I have read they make the comment that the levels of toxins tested are fine for an adult. Why not start doing the tests at a newborn or toddler weight & height to get an accurate reading of how toxic it really is for these children.

    My heart goes out to these families, Praying for them all.

  • RB-1 Nov 23, 2010

    I will be glad when the independent tests are done.

    I don't trust the government tests.

  • RB-1 Nov 23, 2010

    wildcat - "Are these mothers taking on baby's life? Have that been considered?"

    A research of every story connected with this which you could have researched yourself shows this angle was researched and found invalid.

    You'd be talking about a dozen mothers living within a limited area killing their own children.

    That in itself would be suspect of something more going on.

  • RB-1 Nov 23, 2010

    I feel so sorry for anyone who has children and lives in that base housing.

    There is definitely something wrong there, if not in the quarters themselves - has anyone checked the innoculations the children are receiving or the doctors they are using?

    If they're receiving the same shots from the same doctor, that might be a link.

    For those saying 12 mothers have taken their babies lives for attention, get a grip.

    That's a huge number for the size of Bragg.

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2010

    If anyone lives near mothers who is is distance from their babies/child, keep a close eye on them.

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2010

    I simply don't understand why this isn't making national news.

    You should give NANCY GRACE a call. LOL

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  • freedomrings Nov 23, 2010

    I simply don't understand why this isn't making national news. It's been in the local media for months now, why not national? I'm the mother of an almost 5-month-old and my heart breaks into pieces for the mother of this child. My gut is telling me ( and I believe a lot of us ), these deaths are not a coincidence.

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2010

    Are these mothers taking on baby's life? Have that been considered?