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1-Year-Old Suffocates Under Folding SUV Seat

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A 1-year-old girl from Indiana has died after her parents accidentally collapsed the rear seat of an SUV on top of her.

Khloe Villarreal died Dec. 3 while her parents, whose named have not been released, helped a relative move, according to WPIX.

The parents left the toddler to sleep in the third-row seat of their Lincoln Navigator. The mother later pressed a button to have the seat fold automatically in order to load the SUV, forgetting that Khloe was there.

Due to a miscommunication, the parents didn't realize the toddler was missing until 10 minutes after they left the house. By the time Khloe was finally found, she had died from suffocation.

The county prosecutor has yet to decide whether to file any charges against the parents.

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A similar story occurred in July, when a 7-month-old child suffocated after being left to sleep in his crib with a blanket, according to The Epoch Times.

On July 3, Jordan DeRosier put her child, Sloan, in his crib alongside two blankets. She said that the boy somehow pulled the blanket into the crib and accidentally suffocated to death. 

DeRosier has since spoken out about the dangers of leaving a child alone in a crib with a blanket.

"He had pulled it through the crib rails somehow and gotten himself stuck in it," she wrote in a now-private Facebook post. "You never think it will happen to you. You never think it will be your baby. Please do not put your babies to bed with a blanket. Please. He was 7 months old, I thought because he was crawling, standing on his own, and climbing, that he would be fine with a blanket."

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that around 3,500 infants die each year from sleep-related deaths, including "sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); ill-defined deaths; and accidental suffocation and strangulation."

The organization has listed tips on creating a safe sleep environment for an infant in order to decrease chances of accidental death. They recommend that the baby be placed on his or her back "on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet."

The crib should also be bare, completely free from blankets, pillows, and soft toys. The AAP also recommends that a child sleep in the same room, but "not the same sleeping surface," as his or her parents for the first six months. It's believed that room-sharing can decrease the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.

Sources: WPIX, The Epoch Times / Featured Image: Michael Sheehan/Flickr / Embedded Images: Michael Sheehan/Flickr, Andrew Malone/Flickr

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