Investigating Baby Deaths in Pa.

Published 06/09 2014 04:19PM

Updated 06/09 2014 06:04PM

The Centers for Disease Control is starting a new registry of baby deaths, in hopes it will help medical experts find the causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). One local coroner says every countY, except one in Pennsylvania, has a child death review process that is carefully followed after each infant death.

Blair County Coroner Patty Ross says more effort is now directed toward educating coroners, other medical personnel, and law enforcement about the scene of a baby's death.

Investigators focus on where a child was sleeping, how he or she was positioned, and what the baby was exposed to.  According to the CDC, in Pennsylvania, infant deaths make up nearly half of the total deaths in residents under 18 years old.

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