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Baby's death deepens mystery on Fort Bragg

Posted November 23, 2010 5:16 p.m. EST
Updated November 23, 2010 6:52 p.m. EST

— 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.

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.