NYS giving away free cribs to fight baby deaths

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 11:37:38-05

New York social service officials say they're distributing more than 1,700 free cribs to low-income families.

The state Office of Children and Family Services is distributing $100,000 worth of pack-and-play cribs to hundreds of families in upstate New York as part of a campaign to educate parents on how to prevent sleep-related deaths among infants.

Agency officials say about 90 babies a year in New York die from sleep-related causes, such as suffocating because of blankets or sleeping on unsafe surfaces.

County social services agencies and other organizations can request the cribs on behalf of parents who need them. The program is funded through the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect.




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