The sudden death of a 4-month-old boy is being investigated by Huron police, Chief Randy Glovinsky said.
Bishop Kane Malone, 200 block of Berlin Road, died March 29, according to a police report.
Someone inside the home called for an ambulance at about noon that day, and rescue workers could not revive the infant, who had stopped breathing, Glovinsky said.
“The squad checked the baby, and there was no way they were going to bring it back,” Glovinsky said.
It does not appear foul play was a factor in the death, Glovinsky said.
According to an obituary that ran in the Register, Bishop was the son of Jill Gowitzka and Ronald Malone.
The Lucas County coroner is conducting the autopsy. Robert Hannon, a coroner’s investigator for Lucas County, declined comment.
He said only Erie County coroner Dr. Brian Baxter could comment on the case. Baxter did not return a call forcomment.
Police believe the baby was sleeping in bed with a relative, who accidentally rolled over on the infant.
If that scenario is correct, Bishop would be a victim of co-sleeping death. Co-sleeping deaths occur when an adult or older person falls asleep with an infant and smothers the child. The Erie County General Health District recently started a public awareness campaign to combat co-sleeping, Sudden Infant Death syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
“We try to get folks not to sleep with their infant,” health commissioner Peter Schade said. “Put the infant back in his or her crib, or whatever your sleeping arrangement is.”
Schade said many parents or caregivers are exhausted when caring for infants. He said it’s easy for them to fall asleep in bed with the infant, and a tragedy can ensue. That’s why it’s important to never sleep in the same bed with an infant, Schade said.
Three deaths caused by co-sleeping were recorded in the past two years, Schade said. “One is too many,” he said.
Statewide statistics compiled by the state health department for 2005 revealed216 cases of infants who died while sleeping. They included 56 deaths from suffocation, 54 from SIDS and 52 from congenital anomalies.
Schade chairs the Erie County Child Fatality Review Board. The board reviews all deaths of Erie County children younger than 18, Schade said.