Mother Accidentally Kills Second Baby While Sleeping Next To Him

Mon, April 9, 2012 8:53am EDT by 32 Comments

If you were to lose an infant by sleeping with them in your bed, would you make that mistake again? A Texas mother faces up to 20 years in prison after a second son died of suffocation!

Vanessa Clark of Lufkin, Texas, has been found guilty of child endangerment, and was charged with the death of her two-month-old son Tristan Clark after prosecutors learned her first son, one-month-old Christian Clark, died in a similar way in 2009. She should have learned the first time around that sleeping with infants is dangerous!

The 33-year-old mother believed the first death was caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, while the babies sleep with her and husband, Mark Clark. As many as 7,000 babies a year die from SIDS in the US, the single largest killer of newborns. Infants can easily be suffocated by their parents or by bedding and and pillows.

Vanessa has been warned by Child Protection Services about the dangers of sleeping with infants, but since she ignored those orders, the court reached the legal threshold of child endangerment in Texas law. “It may not be illegal to sleep with your child, but it is illegal to put your child in imminent danger,” said prosecutor Dale Summa.

Her sentencing will be announced within the next six weeks.

So tragic!

— Giovanna Pagliarulo

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