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Baby's death deepens mystery on Fort Bragg

Posted November 23, 2010

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— Another baby has died who lived on Fort Bragg housing. Another round of tests for environmental contaminants has proven inconclusive.

Fort Bragg generally does not release information about deaths that don’t involve soldiers, but the Office of Public Affairs made an exception in this case.

“Given the level of interest by the public, we feel it is in everyone's best interest to share this information," a news release on the death read.

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.

Two children lived in the same house, but the other children lived in different neighborhoods and in homes of varying ages and construction styles, according to Army officials.

"It was just sickening, the fact that somebody else is going through the same thing I went through,” said Pearline Sculley, who lost her son, Jaden in 2007.

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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.

The Army is “is looking at this death very closely to determine if there are any similarities with the other undetermined death cases,” a spokesman said Tuesday.

For now, there are no answers.

"I think it's going to continue happening,” Sculley said.


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  • lyteoflife Nov 24, 2010

    'sigh' people, this is not new! This is the govt hiding things! This same thing happened during the 1st gulf war...it was kept hidden. Part of Gulf War Syndrome. The govt nor military will take no responsibility for this. I was there, saw it, lived it with friends who lost their children etc. Our men and women are exposed to many things while deployed. Wish they would cough up and help these soldiers and families but as it was back then, it will be hush hush and dare anyone bring it up

  • jen3493 Nov 24, 2010

    I have personally lived in Fort Bragg housing and at least in Casablanca where a few of the infant deaths have occurred the housing is very old and poorly maintained. When I first moved there I had to clean it myself. There may be things in the housing that is not seen by the naked eye such as mold behind the walls or in the a/c vents. As we all knows infants are very fragile and what could not make us sick can cause severe harm to them. Just something to think about.

  • showard Nov 24, 2010

    You no wattsun last night this was our to;pic between mothers and vaccines is what we questioned. Could it be the military has a toxic batch. It can't be mold ect., because everyone else would get sick. God I hope they hurry up and find out what it is.

  • wildcat Nov 24, 2010

    OK I sincerely get your point.

  • wildcat Nov 24, 2010

    This is not a case of Sudden Infant Deaths either.

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  • wildcat Nov 24, 2010

    How can an innocent healthy baby/child just die?

  • wattsun Nov 24, 2010

    Vaccines been checked?

  • BigUNCFan Nov 24, 2010

    My last post was a bit cynical. On a serious note, it could be that there are deaths because you have a lot of very young parents that have never been parents before and they unfortunately make mistakes some of which are fatal. These could include letting a disease that is treatable go to long because they did not realize they needed to take the baby to the doctor or the baby could have SIDS or somehow suffocated from a rollover while the parent was not watching or the kid could have gotten into some household chemicals under the sink, etc. etc.

    Not blaming the parents but we have to look at all possibilities and when you have a large population of people that are very young and may have a high school diploma or less and on limited incomes with little to no baby care training, you could get situations.

  • BigUNCFan Nov 24, 2010

    Looks like a coverup to me.