Infant dies on Decatur Street

Sandusky police are investigating the possible co-sleeping death of a 6-month-old Sandusky boy
Tom Jackson
Apr 15, 2014
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.

Read Kyair Babisak's obituary by clicking HERE

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.



I'm related to the child, although very distantly - and I can tell you, some of the comments here are painfully disgusting. The judgmental and sanctimonious know-it-alls who have never made a bad decision in their life......just stop, get real. Those who have come to the mother's defense, we thank you, and please never forget, the grief of a daddy is no less painful.


Hazelkatb......please, send my condolences to your family, the mother, the father, grandparents, everyone who loved that baby boy! I can't imagine their pain and grief!!


hazelkatb, well said. The criticisms posted here speak volumes about the authors. These parents and their entire family are dealing with a difficult and tragic loss and they deserve better than the insensitive, dispassionate remarks of judgmental strangers.


The REGISTER NEEDS TO STOP with this anonymous commenting. Do like the News Messenger, log in with facebook.
Oh but then the SR Employees couldn't anonymously post. I'm sure that doesn't happen. (Sarcasm)

Sal Dali

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Parents of all ages take naps with their children when they are small; this could happen to anyone, not just a sixteen year old mother. Her age is insignificant. Some people are quick to be judgmental. This is a tragedy not another opportunity to bash young mothers.


An accident is an accident. If the mother was 32 would u guys have the same comments ? It doesn't matter age, accidents happen. Saying 16 year olds shouldn't have sex, how old were all of you having sex? Come on now, times are changing. People are having sex sooner. Be 16 and a mother doesn't make her less of a "mother". None of us know (unless we know her) how she cares for her child, she could be better than some mothers that are twice her age. All the unnecessary comments are ignorant and not needed. A child lost it's life.



That's nice.

By the looks of their Facebook pages, they both seem to be grieving parents. (Sarcasm to the highest degree.)

It's pretty ridiculous.


What's ridiculous is your comment! Everyone grieves differently. Given their young age, I am sure they are not grieving the same way as an older person. But, at the end of the day, EVERYONE grieves in their own way. There is no right or wrong. So unless you have been there (and I have) keep your comments to yourself!
That being said, if I had a nickel for every time one of my babies ended up sleeping with me, I'd be rich! It was a terrible, tragic accident and very well could've been sids related (which means no matter where that precious baby was, it wouldn't have mattered)
Love and prayers to the family of that sweet baby!