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Mom Leaves Diaper Bag Next to Crib, Never Imagined It Would Lead to Tragedy

A mother put her 7-month-old baby boy to sleep at night, and the usual bedtime routine went off without a hitch. When she went to get her baby in the morning, she found something went terribly wrong.

Beth Amison walked into her son Maison's room and noticed the crib bumper had been scrunched down. She suspected her boy, who hadn't even started crawling yet, must have tried to stand up in the middle of the night. Then she saw her baby lying lifeless in the crib. He had suffocated himself with a plastic diaper bag.

Maison did manage to pull himself up into a standing position, something his mother didn't know he could do. She knew he could sit up if placed in that position, but she never saw him stand up before. That's why she didn't think much of it about the baby's changing table being close to the crib.

Amison kept plastic bags used for dirty diapers in a pocket on the changing table next to the crib. Maison managed to reach over and get a hold of one in the middle of the night and managed to get it over his face. He suffocated before anyone knew what was going on.

As horrific as her experience was, Amison was devastated to find out that Maison was not alone.

"At first we thought this was just a freak accident. And then we found out that actually, at least 16 other babies died before Maison from suffocating on nappy sacks. Most were younger, some older. Each story slightly different, a gust of wind blowing the bag across the room, a toddler helping look after baby and leaving the bag in reach, a cot top changer, a changing bag + walking baby," she wrote on social media. "The results are the same, though, heartbroken families."

Amison wishes that she realized what a hazard such a simple item could be. She's on a mission now to warn other parents, and hopefully, prevent future deaths. She reminds adults who like to keep the diaper baggies on hand for emergencies that a baby can grab it out of a coat pocket or find it in an open diaper bag.

“If you have them at home where are they? Are you 100% sure there are no random ones down the sofa or lying around somewhere? Is high actually high enough? How many of you have them in the changing bag but don't keep the changing back up high out of reach 24/7?” Amison wrote.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: Facebook via Independent Journal Review

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