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Updated: 12/05/2013 08:00:08AM

‘Safe Sleep’ campaign wants infants to rest easy

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DCF Regional Managing Director Mike Carroll, left,Healthy Start Executive Director Jennifer Highland and Sheriff Tom Knight announced the "Safe Sleep" campaign in Sarasota.

By DREW WINCHESTER

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SARASOTA COUNTY — State and county officials claim that 150 infants have died in Florida this year from sleep-related accidents. Its often due to suffocation, either from blankets or at the hands of caregivers who make deadly mistakes. Two of those deaths took place in Sarasota County.

In an effort to combat what many fear is a growing trend, the Sheriff’s Office, state Department of Children and Families, and the Healthy Start Coalition are partnering for the “Safe Sleep” campaign, an education effort that aims to also provide new portable cribs or playpens to families who need them.

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