A mother from Ohio has been charged after her two children tragically died while sleeping together.
In case you’re not familiar, co-sleeping is when parents and their children sleep in the same bed or on a couch/couch for various reasons. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against this approach, but it is still considered a personal decision between families. Hunter Brook (pictured above) of Cincinnati decided co-sleeping would be right for her and her children.
Sadly, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office through the WCPO-9, Brook’s 6-week-old baby passed away in June of reasons related to co-sleeping. There are no details on exactly what happened to the child, but the official date of death is reported to be June 22.
Very very sad…
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And there’s only more tragic news, it’s not the first of Hunter’s children to pass away. Based on Amy Clausing with Hamilton County Prosecutor’s OfficeAround last year, the mother lost another child, also believed to be co-sleeping.
It was heartbreaking, we couldn’t imagine what the poor mother had to go through…
Amy said that Brook was “warned about the dangers of co-sleeping” and since this is her second child apparently dying of the behavior, the grand jury decided to convict her. They are charging the grieving mother with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. In a statement to CBS NewsThe prosecutor’s office said the 6-week-old’s death has been ruled homicide:
“Because of the previous incident, the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office ruled the second child’s death as homicide.”
Every WCPO-9, a warrant was issued for Hunter’s arrest on Wednesday and remains active. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of herself from last year when her first child was born in the hope someone could tell them where the woman is.
What a tragic situation for all involved. We can’t imagine the pain and guilt she must have felt after the accidents, which were as potentially preventable as they could have been – and now she’s also experiencing one. legal troubles.
May her children rest in peace.
[Image via Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office]