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Message ID: 8054
Date: 2009-01-30

Author:carol duncan

Subject:RE: Sleep Related Deaths and CPS

Lindsay Gross wrote: > In Michigan we are seeing some inconsistency in whether or not CPS is substantiating when a child’s death is the result of unsafe sleep practices. Can other states respond and let me know if their state’s CPS is substantiating for sleep related deaths? If so, are they only substantiating when there are substances involved or if they can prove that the family had been educated on safe sleep? Has your state CPS set out guidelines for how counties are supposed to act in these cases? < I sit on the Dallas County Child Fatality Review Team and am also a former CPS employee. I consulted with a friend who currently works at CPS regarding this question. In Texas, there is no particular policy on this. The disposition often depends on the outcome of the necropsy, which is often inconclusive in determining whether the child died of suffocation as opposed to SIDS or SUDI (Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy). If there is proof that the parents were impaired by alcohol or drug abuse and it can be shown that they did lay over the child, the State may substantiate that the child died as a result of neglect. However, I am told that these are reportedly rare. Carol S. Duncan, LCSW, IMHM Clinical Program Director Child Abuse Prevention Center 214-370-9810

Lindsay Gross wrote: > In Michigan we are seeing some inconsistency in whether or not CPS is substantiating when a child’s death is the result of unsafe sleep practices. Can other states respond and let me know if their state’s CPS is substantiating for sleep related deaths? If so, are they only substantiating when there are substances involved or if they can prove that the family had been educated on safe sleep? Has your state CPS set out guidelines for how counties are supposed to act in these cases? < I sit on the Dallas County Child Fatality Review Team and am also a former CPS employee. I consulted with a friend who currently works at CPS regarding this question. In Texas, there is no particular policy on this. The disposition often depends on the outcome of the necropsy, which is often inconclusive in determining whether the child died of suffocation as opposed to SIDS or SUDI (Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy). If there is proof that the parents were impaired by alcohol or drug abuse and it can be shown that they did lay over the child, the State may substantiate that the child died as a result of neglect. However, I am told that these are reportedly rare. Carol S. Duncan, LCSW, IMHM Clinical Program Director Child Abuse Prevention Center 214-370-9810