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Gunman Shoots Up Compton Home, Kills 1-Year-Old

Her death was likely gang-related: cops

(Newser) - A toddler who celebrated her first birthday last week saw her life cut short by a gunman who opened fire outside her family's home in Compton, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials say Autumn Johnson was in her crib (though neighbors tell NBC Los Angeles she was in... More »

Crib Bumpers Could Be Killing More Babies Than Ever

Despite warnings, new report says bumper-related deaths may have tripled

(Newser) - Despite warnings from groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute of Health, infant deaths related to padded crib bumpers may have tripled in recent years, Stat reports. A study published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics used data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify... More »

SUV Crashes Into Crib— and Sleeping Baby Is Fine

Student driver mistook gas for brake

(Newser) - There's a reason the police spokesman in Bellevue, Washington, uses the phrases "pretty miraculous," "nothing short of miraculous," and "miraculously not injured" when discussing this accident with KOMO News and the Seattle Times . It seems a woman learning how to drive yesterday mistook the... More »

Crib Accidents Injure 10K Babies Every Year

Researchers say more prevention measures necessary

(Newser) - Almost 10,000 infants are injured in crib and playpen accidents every year, researchers have concluded, after studying 19 years of ER data. The injuries generally hit 1- and 2-year-old toddlers who were just big enough to try to climb out, the AP reports. Researchers recommend more safety measures, although... More »

Government Bans Killer Cribs

Drop-side design linked to 32 infant deaths since 2000

(Newser) - If you grew up in the US, chances are you spent some time in a drop-side crib, which allows adults to lower one side so they have easy access to the occupant. T the government is about to ban the popular crib design, which has been linked to 32 infant... More »

Millions of Cribs Recalled

Manufacturer, CPSC advise parents to stop using beds immediately

(Newser) - Millions of cribs with drop-down sides were recalled today out of fear they could injure or even kill children sleeping in them. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall by Stork Craft of Canada, which distributed an estimated 1.2 million cribs in the US and nearly 1... More »

'Co-Sleeping' Puts Babies at Risk of Death

Sharing bed or couch with an adult imperils infants: UK docs

(Newser) - Sleeping with an infant on a bed or sofa is dangerous for the baby, new research finds. The risk of unexpected infant death goes up for babies sleeping somewhere other than their cribs, especially for parents who smoke or who have been drinking. The study found that half of sudden... More »

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