Bed sharing should be considered child abuse – coroner

NZ Herald 12 Sept 2013
A coroner says the practice of parents sleeping in the same bed as their babies should be considered a form of child abuse following another infant death.

A coroner’s finding released today into the death of a 2-month-old Bay of Plenty boy found he died of positional asphyxia as a result of co-sleeping with his parents last August.

Coroner Wallace Bain said the infant’s death, like all co-sleeping deaths, had been preventable.

“In New Zealand we have, I think the figure’s 55 to 60 co-sleeping deaths a year. All of those deaths are 100 per cent preventable,” he said.

The baby’s parents, whose identities have been suppressed, were sleeping on either side of the infant on the night he died.