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Infant mortality rates down in Tippecanoe County

Three deaths have been reported so far in 2020. That's compared to seven last year.

Posted: Oct 2, 2020 5:22 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Infant deaths are down in Tippecanoe County. That's according to the coroner's office.

As we reported Thursday, infant mortality rates are down across the state.

Tippecanoe County is no different.

Three deaths have been reported so far in 2020. That's compared to seven last year.

Chief Deputy Coroner Carrie Costello believes the county's safe sleep initiative is responsible.

It started after the county ranked third in the state for infant deaths in 2014.

She said most of those were due to co-sleeping.

"Once that educational opportunity got going and was really proactive, then in 2016 we had zero co-sleeping deaths," she said.

Costello hopes other counties will use the same tactics to educate new parents.

"I hope that the education and information is getting out there to new parents because it is preventable," she added. "It is something that we can do and change behaviors to make sure our babies and children are safe."

Part of the initiative was local hospitals handing out an educational book to new parents. The county has been averaging one co-sleeping death a year since it began.

Costello believes education has played a significant role in the decline.

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