Ft. Bragg Plagued by Infant Deaths

10 babies have died in 3 years
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2010 4:56 PM CDT
Ft. Bragg Plagued by Infant Deaths
In this April 28, 2010, photo, a statue honoring special operations soldiers stands in front of construction for a new memorial wall in front of the Army Special Operations HQ at Fort Bragg, N.C.   (AP Photo/Kevin Maurer)

(Newser) – Families living at the Ft. Bragg Army base have suffered undue numbers of infant deaths, prompting military authorities to begin an investigation. Ten infants have died from unknown causes since 2007—three in the same house, the LA Times reports. "There has to be something in that house that's causing healthy babies to get sick and die," said Bianca Outlaw, 20, the mother of one of the dead infants.

The other deaths, however, occurred in different parts of the base, with one of them chalked up to SIDS. Investigators will look at "environmental conditions, structural factors, and hazardous materials" throughout the sprawling base, the Times notes. About 10,000 babies have been born at the hospital at Ft. Bragg over the same period, but it's hard to compute definite infant death statistics because military families are so mobile.
(Read more infant stories.)

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