KENSINGTON – P.E.I.’s chief coroner Friday released his report into the death of an infant, less than a year old, who died in Kensington Nov. 16.
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Dr. Charles Trainor
Dr. Charles Trainor said his investigation has come up empty-handed, with the exact cause of the child’s death remaining undetermined, despite numerous tests, an autopsy and a police investigation. The offical cause of death has been listed as sudden unexpected death in infancy.
However, he also indicates that there were a number risk factors in the child’s home and is issuing a public warning as a result.
According to Trainor, the infant was in bed with his parents at time of his death.
The parents awoke around 3 a.m. and found their baby unresponsive.
They called 911 and performed until EMS and firefighters arrived who continued life saving measures.
The child was taken to Prince County Hospital but could not be resuscitated.
Trainor is warning parents against the practice of sharing a bed with such a young child.
“(This) is a very dangerous practice. I urge all parents and caregivers to avoid this practice when caring for infants,” said Trainor.
He added that there are an average of one or two sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected death in infancy cases in the province every year.