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Co-Sleeping Accidents May Face Prosecution

Parents to Be Prosecuted For Accidental Co-Sleeping Deaths?

Lawmakers discuss a wake-up call for co-sleeping parents. Prosecutors around the country are weighing the possibility of charging parents who accidentally "roll-over" their tots while drunk or high with child-neglect. According to the Wall Street Journal, an Oregon district attorney "has drawn a fairly hard line on bed-sharing death cases: He will prosecute them when they involve alcohol or drugs."

An Indiana father was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and faces up to 50 years in jail after smothering his son when the man fell sleep on a sofa after using methamphetamine and smoking marijuana. Fifty-four percent of lilsugar readers said that though studies showed a marked increase in infant suffocation tied to bed sharing, it didn't change their minds about the practice. Do you think there should be legal consequences for moms and dads who accidentally injure their children while co-sleeping under the influence?

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phatE phatE 7 years
vbh, i think your points are all very different and really aren't comparable.. as someone else said , fine if you co-sleep, it's your risk and if you're willing to take it and it works for you, great. however.. death b/c of co-sleeping is the parents fault, and 100% preventable..get a in the bed crib thing, or whatever but co-sleeping isnt sids, and no matter how the parents fell asleep, if the child dies because of what happens while that parent is asleep they should be held responsible in one way or another.. i think if drugs are involved, that's very different from someone who is completely clean/sober and should be treated differently, but all of them are preventable and a choice on the parents part, and the parents need to really examine whether the risks are worth it.
Akpril Akpril 7 years
While cosleeping does not accelerate the rate of SIDS, my doctor told me that cosleeping accelerates the reported rate of SIDS due to accidental smothering that is reported at SIDs instead of parental neglect, as well as a higher rate if the parent smokes and cosleeps.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
Co-sleeping in itself is not irresponsible. Co-sleeping while drunk or high on drugs is irresponsible and the parents should be held accountable.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
There's cosleeping gear that can be bought now, soft semi-cribs to put in the bed. If you're responsible, this shouldn't be an issue.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
I always slept with my first son and never rolled on top of him. If he even hiccuped in his sleep I was awake. I knew my son was completely safe sleeping with me and we both slept better and longer when we were together. If he would have been in a crib I would have forever been up checking on him. There is a difference. If you are drunk or on drugs you don't have the mindset to wake up and take care of your child. They should go to jail. That is neglect.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
"A parent who chooses to co-sleep is risking this. If their child dies they should most definitely be held accountable. There's this thing called a crib that could help with avoiding this issue Eye-wink" Sure, and when infants sleeping in cribs die of SIDS, we can charge those parents with neglect.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
I'm having a hard time with this one. On one hand, of couse I think that parents that do drugs need steep consequences. On the other hand though, if you could accidentally roll over a baby while you're sleeping, how much does it matter how you fell asleep? It's the sleeping with the baby that puts the baby at risk, not so much the state that you were in before you fell asleep.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
If you are stupid enough to do drugs or drink excessively and kill your child you should be prosecuted.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
I think it's a different story when there are drugs involved. In this case, yes the guy should face prosecution, though losing his child is part of the punishment.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
If you're using drugs, and because you feel asleep and your kid died, that is definitely neglect. However, if you were co-sleeping, and your kid died...that's an accident. Well...maybe in either case, it's just safer to have your kids away from you. But seriously, if you're under the influence around your children, that is a disaster waiting to happen.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
Under the influence, yes. It's not okay to be around kids while drunk or high.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
If you're doing drugs, you shouldn't have your kids. Enough said.
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