Baton Rouge Infant Dies Of SIDS, Fund Set Up
(KPEL) -- A family from Many is mourning today after losing their four-month-old daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Butch Bellah, the girl's great-uncle, says the mother currently lives in Baton Rouge and has no family there. Bellah says a fund has been set up at the Peoples State Bank in Many, La. in order to help cover the funeral expenses.
"They need $3,700 by Tuesday for the funeral home," Bellah says. "Any donation is appreciated. If you can give, please do."
To donate, Bellah says you can send a check to:
Rhythm Clark Love Fund
C/O Peoples State Bank
880 San Antonio Ave.
Many, LA 71449
Bellah says the bank won't make deposits until Monday.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the "unexpected, sudden death of a child under age 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death."
Thousands of babies die of SIDS each year in the U.S. and is most likely to occur between two and four months of age. SIDS cases have dropped since 1992, when parents were first told to put their babies to sleep on their backs or sides. Still, the website says SIDS remains a "significant cause of death in infants."