This past Tuesday, the Riverside Police Department's Communications Center received a call from Kaiser Hospital in Riverside regarding an unresponsive 2-month old that was brought to the emergency room by family members. The hospital attempted resuscitation and declared the infant deceased.
Patrol officers along with I.D. Technicians and detectives from the Centralized Investigations Bureau responded to the hospital and to a home in the 11200 block of Doverwood Drive to conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation determined the child had been co-sleeping with parents' overnight before being discovered unresponsive this morning and subsequently taken to the hospital. Relatives were contacted and interviewed and no arrests were made. The cause of death is undetermined pending an autopsy and due to the age, the name is being withheld.
Earlier this month, there were two separate and unrelated co-sleeping child deaths within the City of Riverside that the police department investigated. Law Enforcement strongly discourages co-sleeping and recognizes the practice as potentially dangerous yet controversial. Some past occurrences involving co-sleeping have included suffocating and crushing of a child sleeping alongside an adult. A safe practice for all parents is to have infants and small children sleep alone in separate beds but within sight and or hearing distance.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Hutzler at (951) 353-7125.
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