In West Jordan, Utah, Trevor Collet Merrill and Echo J. Nielsen, both 24, are charged with third-degree felony child-abuse homicide and class B misdemeanor reckless endangerment in the death of their three-month-old son Kayson Bradley Merrill.
The couple went to bed with the baby and awoke to find he was dead. The medical examiner testified that he believe Kayson died because during the night he was rolled onto his stomach, which obstructed his ability to breathe. It’s called “positional asphyxia” and it’s preventable if the child sleeps alone, on his back, in a crib.
This isn’t the first time this couple had a child die. In 2003, their first child, Janessa Merrill, also died while co-sleeping with her parents. She was only 24 days old, and her death was ruled accidental. This time around, Trevor and Echo were charged because prosecutors felt they should have been aware of the dangers of co-sleeping with infants.
The parents’ attorneys are claiming that Kayson died from chronic meningitis. However, the family’s pediatrician saw Kayson the day before he died and said he was healthy.
I’m not sure whether to feel sad for these folks or be outraged at how stupid they are. This is sure to get a lot of attention from the Attachment Parenting people.