The number of infants that have died in a four-year span at Fort Bragg reached 12 last week, when the Army announced another infant had mysteriously died while living in post housing, The News & Observer reports.
The latest death was a boy, 4 months old, with no obvious illness, who seemed fine one minute on the morning of Feb. 24, and not breathing the next.
The case was especially eerie to Pearline Sculley, whose own son, Jaden Willis, was 2 months old when he died suddenly in 2007. Sculley still doesn’t know why.
According to the paper, the Army says it doesn’t know, either, why 12 babies have died in four years, beginning with Jaden. An investigation of more than six months that included reviews of the children’s medical records and autopsy reports — and hundreds of environmental tests at the homes where some of the families lived — failed to find a common cause.
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