A young mother from Kent, Ohio, is now behind bars after she awoke to find her infant daughter “purple” over the weekend.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, 22-year-old Samantha Knisley fell asleep on Saturday with her three-month-old daughter, only to wake up to every mother’s worst nightmare.

Kent Police received a frantic call from a man at Knisley’s residence around 5:45 p.m. The man said that the baby was bleeding and had no pulse when the mother awoke.


In the 911 call, the unidentified man said he was a friend of Knisley’s who came over and saw that the little baby was “was blue all over” and then “purple.” He told the dispatcher:

“I just stepped in my friends house, her baby is not breathing right now!”

The worried mom, who works at a florist, could be heard speaking to her friend in the background of the phone call.

Police walked the man through CPR until paramedics arrived. The little baby was then taken to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, where she passed away, reports WKYC.

And according to court documents, obtained by WKYC, investigators found probable cause to arrest Knisley, as the death was likely caused by Knisley’s decision to co-sleep with her daughter.

The young mother allegedly fell asleep “on top” of her 3-month-old, though no official cause of death has been released.

Kent Police Department

According to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 3,500 infants die every year in the United States from sleep-related incidents.

That number includes babies who died from sudden infant death syndrome, accidental suffocation and strangulation, and other related causes.

To lower the chance of these incidents occurring, the AAP recommends that parents always put their babies in a separate crib to sleep. Lori Feldman-Winter, who helped write the study, told NPR:

“Upon further review of the available evidence, it is clear that we cannot safely recommend bed sharing because of the hazard. The hazards are particularly in infants under 4 months of age.”

According to NPR, despite the warnings, many educated parents still choose to co-sleep with their babies. And it could have fatal consequences.

Knisley was charged with felony child endangerment, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

It’s currently unclear if the baby’s father was present in her life, and how he reacted to the news.

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