ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy joined members of his Safe Sleeping Task Force and health care providers on Wednesday to make an announcement.
McCoy announced the task force's accomplishments since its launch in March. He also recognized National Baby Safety Month and proclaimed Wednesday Safe Sleep Day in Albany County.
The Task Force has established a public education effort to prevent infant deaths due to "unsafe sleeping," which can happen when an adult shares a bed with an infant and rolls over onto them which can lead to the death of the child.
Since 2009, 12 infant deaths reviewed by the Child Fatality Review Team have been directly linked to "unsafe sleeping." That represented 75 percent of the child fatality cases reviewed by the team.