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Army investigating child deaths on Fort Bragg

Posted August 27, 2010 6:02 p.m. EDT
Updated August 30, 2010 2:31 p.m. EDT

— Army investigators and Fort Bragg agencies are investigating the deaths of several infants in military housing on post, officials said Friday.

Over the past four years, there has been an average of two unexplained infant deaths per year in Fort Bragg housing, officials said. Two infant deaths occurred about three months apart in 2009 in the same housing unit.

All of the deaths appear to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and there were no signs of foul play, officials said.

"We are very concerned about the loss of these children and have taken, and will continue to take, measures to determine if there are any possible links between the causes," Brig. Gen. Michael Garrett, XVIII Airborne Corps chief of staff, said in a statement.

The Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology are assisting Fort Bragg officials in their investigation of possible environmental, structural or hazardous materials links in the deaths, officials said.