JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - The father of a baby who died in Onslow County Monday said he needs help getting funds for his daughter's burial.
Howard Bacon said he will miss the laughs and smiles of his 3-month-old daughter, Tomaya.
"I feel like somebody took my heart and ripped it out and threw it away," Bacon said.
According to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, deputies went to a home on Tamarack Court, east of Jacksonville, at about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Inside the residence, they found 3-month-old Tomaya unresponsive.
A deputy performed CPR on the baby, but she was pronounced dead at Onslow Memorial Hospital, investigators said.
"An autopsy was performed on the infant and the death appears to be the result of the infant sleeping in a bed with the mother and other siblings," said the Sheriff's Office in a statement.
Investigators did not explain further.
Bacon said his baby daughter usually slept in a crib. But they were visiting family, so the sleeping arrangements were different.
Bacon said his family is having a tough time gathering the funds for Tomaya's burial. Those who wish to help may contact him at 910-320-1309 or 210 Tamarack Court, just east of Jacksonville.
"I always wanted a girl... finally got one," Bacon said. "In my eyes, I still got one, but she's in a better place right now."
No charges have been filed in this case.
NewsChannel 12 spoke with Kameron Padgett, who teaches a safe sleeping class for children at the PEERS Family Development Center on Chaney Avenue in Jacksonville. She said it's much safer for children to sleep in their own space.
"Whether you're talking about a 2-year-old sibling or a parent, you have the chance that someone could roll over on top of the baby," Padgett said. "You have the chance that the blanket could be pulled up over the baby's face."
Padgett did say it's fine if mothers want to sit in bed with their babies to feed them.
"Whenever it's time for that baby to be laid back down, put the baby in the bassinet or in the crib," Padgett said. "You don't have to have the child in a separate room, just in their own separate space."
For more information on the services PEERS Family Development Center offers, visit peersfamily.webs.com.
Onslow County Partnership for Children also has information and statistics about safe sleeping for children at www.onslowkids.org.
An Onslow County baby appeared to have died from sleeping in a bed with other family members, investigators said.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a home on Tamarack Court, east of Jacksonville, at about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Inside the residence, they found an unresponsive 3-month-old infant.
A deputy performed CPR on the baby until EMS workers arrived at the scene, said investigators. The infant was pronounced dead at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
Based on an autopsy, the baby's death appears to be the result of the infant sleeping in a bed with the mother and other siblings, according to the Sheriff's Office.
At last check, no charges had been filed. No other details have been released.