Mother Faces Charges Following Yet Another Infant’s Suffocation Death in Her Bed

( – Co-sleeping is a practice whereby babies sleep with one or two of their parents instead of a separate bed. According to Healthline, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns against the practice, while some experts tout its benefits — as long as parents follow strict guidelines. Instead, the AAP encourages room-sharing instead of bed-sharing. Sadly, those who choose the latter could end up with a tragedy.

On March 8, StarNews Online reported the results of an autopsy performed on an infant recently found dead while in bed next to his mother. The incident happened in October 2023 in Wilmington, North Carolina, but the chief medical examiner just released their findings.

The report stated the baby died from “asphyxia due to unsafe sleep environment” while he had a cold. On March 6, police arrested the infant’s mother, Mackenzie Katlyn Reed, charging her with involuntary manslaughter, intentional child abuse causing serious injury, and neglect.

According to investigators, the defendant was “using” THC and Gummy Bears laced with that psychoactive substance the day and night before the incident. Reed apparently fell asleep with the infant next to her in bed and was awoken by her husband, who got up in the middle of the night because the baby’s twin was crying. The Wilmington Police Department arrived at Reed’s residence soon after to find the baby boy unconscious and not breathing. Unfortunately, first responders were unable to revive him.

Shockingly, this is not the first time Reed lost a baby due to “unsafe” sleeping arrangements. In 2022, the mother lost a three-month-old baby boy in a similar manner. WECT News6 reported that Reed didn’t face charges in 2022 because “there was not enough evidence to prosecute.” The investigative report from the October 2023 incident stated the mother “could not believe” she did it again.

The suspect is currently in jail, held under a half-a-million-dollar bond.

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