A father in Houston put his children to bed — his 6-month-old baby in his crib and his 2-year-old son in his bed Tuesday night.
As ABC7 reports, the dad went back into his children’s room about half an hour later and found both of his boys together in the crib. The toddler apparently snuck into the crib to sleep with his baby brother.
The father tried to rouse the baby, to no avail.
Then, the panicked dad called for help, but the baby was unresponsive when the ambulance arrived at the family home. Sadly, he could not be revived.
Police believe the baby accidentally suffocated or was smothered by his big brother after he climbed into the crib.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of that baby’s death, but the medical examiner warns it could take an extra amount of time because the boy is so young.
For their privacy, the family members’ names have not been released.
Sadly, accidental suffocation and accidental strangulation are not uncommon. In fact, every year around 3,500 infants die sleep-related deaths, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). On its site, the AAP provides recommendations parents can use describing safe sleeping practices for infants.