Milwaukee firefighters plan to step efforts to educate parents and caregivers about the dangers of co-sleeping with young children.
Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's reports on the deaths of 12 babies this year make note of co-sleeping or unsafe sleeping conditions with the manner of deaths being accidental or undetermined.
At a news conference Wednesday outside a north side Milwaukee fire station, Mayor Tom Barrett said the city will continue educational efforts to reduce and prevent such infant deaths. Barrett says any effort to prosecute a parent or caregiver for a co-sleeping death if it involves intoxication should be a decision left to district attorneys.
Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing says firefighters will look for additional opportunities to pass out co-sleeping information when they are responding to a call or going door-to-door in urban neighborhoods.