Infant Death Under Investigation In Fort Lauderdale

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Deputies are investigating the death of an infant in Fort Lauderdale Monday morning.

Broward Sheriff’s deputies say a call came in at around 10 a.m. about a co-sleeping incident at a home near 28th Avenue and NW 15th Court. Another report said the father was nearby.

The infant who died was 2-months old.

Homicide and Crime Scene investigators were called to the scene to investigate the incident. Family members were also spotted at the scene. They said they did not want to comment.

BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the death did not appear to be suspicious and said an autopsy would determine the cause of death. She said that autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

This baby’s death comes just a day after another infant died while sleeping with her parents in southwest Miami-Dade County.

The father said the infant was sleeping with him and her mother. When they woke up, he said she was pale and purple.

“I tried to give her CPR and she wouldn’t come back,” said her father Alvaro Cappas.

He said their baby was apparently smothered.  Ayla Cappas was just a few days shy of 2 months old.

Three other children lived at the home with the couple.

Miami-Dade Police would not comment on the case except to say it is an ongoing death investigation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that bed sharing has been associated with an increase in sudden infant death syndrome and strongly recommends against that practice.

The Academy says there is no evidence that co-sleeping can be done safely.

Studies have shown that many parents sleep with their infant children in order to improve their bonding with their babies.

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