Kyair Babisak died Sunday after sleeping in bed with his 16-year-old mother in a home in the 800 block of Decatur St., police said.
Sandusky police Detective Ken Nixon said police received a call at 12:07 p.m., after the baby’s mother noticed something was wrong.
“They were both in the same bed together,” Nixon said. “She said she woke up and noticed he wasn’t breathing. We don’t know (if) she slept on him”
The mother alerted the infant’s grandmother, and they called 911. The infant was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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Preliminary results from the Lucas County coroner’s office could be available as early as today, although full autopsy results aren’t likely be ready for at least six weeks, and possibly up to six months, Erie County coroner Brian Baxter said.
Referring to the baby’s mother, Nixon said, “We have no reason to believe she was drinking or under the influence of something.
”We’ll wait for the coroner’s report to come back as to the cause of death,” Nixon said. “In general, it takes a few months, as you know”
Baxter described the death as a possible co-sleeping death, which is when a baby is accidentally smothered after a parent rolls over on the child.
Baxter said that in eight years, he has dealt with about eight to 10 co-sleeping deaths.
The Erie County Health Department has tried to mount a publicity campaign warning parents not to sleep with their small children. Erie County health commissioner Pete Schade could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
Baxter said there are dividers that can be obtained for a bed to prevent the parent from rolling over on the baby.
”When you have a kid, you get tired. Things happen. It just takes a few minutes,” he said.
Kyair was born Oct. 29.