Monday, January 13, 2020
"Baby box bill" and DHS fail to protect twins at homeless hotel
From Fox News:
New York City police have reported the tragic deaths of twin two-month-old babies at a shelter for homeless families that was once a LaGuardia Airport motel.
The father woke up from a three-hour afternoon nap and found the infants not breathing in separate cribs, WNBC-TV reported.
The cribs were filled with pillows, the station reported.
Doctors were unable to save them at the hospital, the station reported.
In 2017, Gov. Cuomo signed the "baby box bill." From The National Herald:
The baby boxes, which are designed for infants six months old or younger, will be distributed in areas of the state with the greatest infant mortality rates. They are designed according to the safe infant sleep guidelines of the Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and discourage high-risk behaviors on the part of parents that are associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Each baby box has a firm mattress with a fitted sheet which are two key elements for safe sleep.
Parents will also be given educational information on the dangers of co-sleeping and the risks when blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, and loose bedding are used. Many parents of newborns have no idea that these seemingly innocent items in a crib can put a sleeping baby at risk.
So... did DHS not get the memo about the bill? Did the state not supply them? What the f*ck happened here and why is it that it seems no one will be held accountable?