Erin Pinche-Pitts has been charged with manslaughter by the Polk County sheriff’s office after she accidentally killed her son in her sleep. According to the authorities, Javier was Ms. Pinche-Pitts second baby to have died while in her care under these circumstances.
In December 2009, the negligent mother was responsible for asphyxiating her first baby while sharing the same sleeping surface with her son. However, authorities ruled the incident as a tragic accident. Since then, Ms. Pinche-Pitts received numerous warnings about the dangers of co-sleeping with newborns from her health care provider, as well as her mother.
Nevertheless, shortly after she gave birth to Javier, on September 18th, 2016, the newborn was discovered dead in his mother’s bed. According to her physician’s statement who was aware of the tragic circumstances of Ms. Pinche-Pitts first baby’s death, the mother acknowledged the dangers of sharing a bed with an infant and said it would not happen again.
Her official statement describes that she woke up on October 6th in panic only to discover that her son was unresponsive. Before the mother went to bed, she reportedly fed him and then propped Javier up with a pillow, nestling his head in the crook of her arm. About two and a half hours later, she woke up to discover that Javier had vomited and did not show any signs of life, according to the sheriff’s office affidavit.
In light of the events, the negligent mother was brought in on manslaughter charges on Tuesday, December 20th. During a press conference on Wednesday, Sheriff Grady Judd said that losing one baby to an unfortunate accident is a tragedy, but repeating the process is irresponsible.
“It’s time for her to go to prison”, said Sheriff Grady Judd.
Furthermore, he stated that in spite of being warned numerous times about the dangers of co-sleeping and reassuring medical professionals on every occasion that she would not sleep with her babies anymore, Ms. Pinch-Pitts disregard led to the deaths of two innocent newborns.
Ultimately, the U.S. Academy of Pediatrics says that new parents could sleep with their babies only after the children turn one. Any other exception would lead to a tragedy, much like what Ms. Pinch-Pitts experienced through her negligence.
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