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DPS: Infant suffocated in bed with his parents

Friday, November 3, 2006

SIKESTON -- The death of a Sikeston baby has been ruled suspicious by a pathologist, according Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

No natural cause of death could be found following an autopsy on one-

month-old Benjamin Holstein Wednesday, Sikeston DPS Director Drew Juden said. Due to the circumstances surrounding the infant's death the following cause of death was the only determination the pathologist Russell Deidiker could make.

"Based upon the information obtained thus far it is believed that the infant was probably accidentally suffocated from sleeping in the same bed with a parent," Juden said.

With similar infant deaths occurring in the past couple of years in Sikeston, Juden recommended parents not to sleep in the bed with their infant children.

"This is the same recommendation that medical professionals make to parents after they have given birth to a child," Juden said.

A number of people over the years were told and shown by their parents that this was the way to care for an infant or sick child, Juden said. From what authorities have seen this age-old solution has met with tragic results for a number of infants and parents, he said.

"Often times parents are excessively tired from dealing with a small or sick child and do not realize that they are actually lying on the child in the bed until it is too late."

This investigation is being conducted by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of the Scott County Juvenile Office, Missouri Children Division and Sikeston DPS. Once all the information has been obtained it will be turned over to the Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd and Scott County Coroner Scott Amick.