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Mom's heartbreaking Facebook post raises awareness about safe sleeping conditions for babies

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A Washington mother's heartbreaking Facebook post has a lot of people talking about babies and how they're put to bed.

The mom lost her son on July 2 when he suffocated on his blanket. Her heartbreaking post is helping raise awareness across the country.

“I will relive this for the rest of my life knowing exactly what I could have done differently,” read Jordan DeRosier’s Facebook post.

Despite all efforts to educate the public, babies continue to die from unsafe sleeping conditions. According to Greenville County Coroner Kent Dill, 6 to 10 babies die in the county each year.

Greenville mom, Kathryn Martin, lost her 3 month old daughter, Kellie Rynn, back in 2014.

Martin has advocated for safe sleeping conditions for the past 3 years. 

“The medical examiner determined it was suffocation from bedding due to child neglect from our caregiver," said Martin.

According to DHEC, 194 babies died between 2009 and 2015 in South Carolina due of unsafe sleeping conditions, making this the third leading cause of infant deaths in the state.

“This cause of death is 100 percent preventable,” said Michelle Greco, manager of the Child Abuse Prevention Program at Greenville Health System. 

Greco says babies under 1 year of age should sleep in a crib or bassinet with a fitted sheet and a firm mattress.

"Anytime that an infant under the first year of life is put down to sleep it needs to be treated the same,” said Greco, “They need to be alone with no other people, pets or objects."

Martin says she hopes this message helps save other babies so another mom does not have to go through a similar tragedy.

"If it saves one child that’s all that matters," said Martin.

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