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Another baby dies at Fort Bragg

Posted March 9, 2011

— Fort Bragg officials said Wednesday that they are investigating the unexplained death of another baby that occurred on post last month.

Officials said the latest death happened Feb. 24, but they did not release the name or age of the infant. The results of an initial autopsy are being reviewed by medical authorities.

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

Investigators, including a team with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, have been unable to find a link in the deaths or a cause.

The Army is investigating this death independently of the cases, said Ben Abel, public affairs officer for the post.


“The sad reality is that sometimes we have unfortunate deaths that we can't explain," he said.

In a statement on the child's death, Chris Grey of the Army's Criminal Investigative Command said, "At this time we have no information or evidence to link this death to any other infant deaths, nor do we have any information or evidence that the other deaths under review are linked to any environmental cause."


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  • bmg379 Mar 10, 2011

    dont blame us its not the drywall,we have a good record just ask at camp lejune who has a great non cancerous water supply and no leaking storage tanks

  • laceysmommy08 Mar 10, 2011

    mold growth. Once again i brought this to picernes attention and they reassured my husband and i that it was not mold “just mildew” and by one picerne worker i was told that it was just ” black dust from our gas appliances” after i raised all hell and told them that was not acceptable to me they reassudred us that the problem would be taken care of. Picerne’s remedy was to come in and paint over the “mildew” with kilz while they displaced us from our home for 2 weeks to do so.again after raising hell they told us that they would cutout the effected drywall and replace it . Everything seemed to be a little better but we spent majority of may june and july traveling out of town for various reasons. In august our daughter became very ill again and was diagnosed with asthma. I went as my husband says ” a little crazy” and started looking in our vents again for the mold. Surprise surprise it was back, or better yet had never truely been taken care of. The areas that they

  • laceysmommy08 Mar 10, 2011

    I have no more knowledge then what has been given out by the press,about these pitiful circumstances, however as a former resident of fort bragg i can tell you what happened to my family. When we moved into a house on fort bragg our daughter was 6 months old. Not long after we moved in she began suffering from reoccuring upper respiratory infections and pnuemonia. When ever we would travel away from our home for a couple of days or more she , would miraculously get better…...Fast forward to April of 2010 i decided that something was not adding up, i called picerne and requested that our home be tested for mold, they sent a maintence man out to look under my cabinets in my kitchen and bathroom, when i felt like that ws not enough it took my husbands chain of command getting involved to request an air quality test on our home, of course nothing was found….2 days after our air test results came back , i decided to look around for myself, in our main intake vent i found huuuuge amount

  • wildcat Mar 10, 2011

    Maybe the families need to move off the base.

  • lovethesouth1 Mar 10, 2011

    Agreed with previous comments... this is just STRANGE. I can't imagine the pain these families are feeling, but they have GOT to find out what is causing this.

  • fanoftheheels Mar 10, 2011

    This just isn't normal. They need to figure out what is causing all these death's.. babies at that. Prayers for the family!

  • rjernigan6 Mar 10, 2011

    Jennylock2004 housing is not free. When a member chooses to live on base they surrender their entire housing allowance. As for an Army cover-up, I doubt it. I am an active duty Marine with 24 years of service and I can't see how a cover-up is possible. Marines and soldiers can't keep a secret. Word would get out if something was found. They have investigated and found nothing wrong. I'm sure autopsies were performed on the babies and if they died of some sort of toxin a toxicology screening would show that. If it were something in the water it should affect everyone on base. If it were something in the drywall it should affect everyone in the community as the contractor probably used the same drywall in every home. Think of how many thousands of children have lived on the base over the years and 12 deaths in 4 years isn't really unreasonable. It is sad and it does make you wonder but statistically it is about normal.

  • FromClayton Mar 10, 2011

    There has got to be a reason! Find it!

  • cavewoman192003 Mar 10, 2011

    This is getting ridiculious. Theres got to be a reason why so many children are dying on Ft. Bragg post. This isn't being reported outside of post at this rate, something obviously is seriously wrong with wither the housing or the chemicals that may be in the ground around the housing complexes, either way something needs to be done and very soon for the sake of the kids.

  • hellorhighwaters Mar 9, 2011

    Now this is starting to get really weird. Somebody needs to check into the supernatural venture. Something just does not fit right.
    Why are so many babies dying? Why no toddlers, no adults, no teenagers? There is a problem here somewhere.

    Somebody,...find the problem...solve the problem....before somemore babies are taken prematurely.

    Statistics are all good for the state rating. But for this to keep happening, in the same town, in the same section of town; is very strange. Very strange indeed.