Drunk dad rolls onto baby and kills him
Family grieves as drunken father rolls onto sleeping baby and kills him.
Image via Nathan Savage/Facebook

A father who accidentally smothered his seven-week-old son after a night of celebrations in October 2013 is facing charges of manslaughter and neglect of a child reported the Daily Mail.

According to the report, Nathan Savage had been celebrating an anniversary with his fiancée. When they returned home, he says that their seven-week-old son Nolan was crying so he comforted him in the master bed and made him a bottle. At some point his fiancée joined them; Nathan fell asleep and rolled onto his son whom he discovered dead the next morning.

One night of carelessness

His wife woke him up by shaking him and asking where the baby was. That was when they made the tragic discovery. The case is on-going, and Nathan has had a tattoo done in memory of his young son.

The tragedy is being used as prosecutors in the case to highlight the dangers of having a small child in bed with parents or in other environments where there is a danger that the child may suffocate.

Co-sleeping dangers

Co-sleeping is enjoyed by many parents of young children, but even advocates of the practice suggest several important guidelines:

Guidelines for safe co-sleeping

Despite these guidelines, there are risks associated with co-sleeping which may deter even the most passionate of attachment parents from attempting it. One of the risks and guidelines is that parents who have consumed drugs or alcohol or sleep medication or, pivotally, are sleep-deprived, should not attempt co-sleeping. For many parents the former (consumption of drugs or alcohol) and the risks are common sense, but fewer parents may consider sleep deprivation as a potential danger for a co-sleeping infant.

Does your baby ever sleep in your bed?

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