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Grieving Mothers Blame Baby Slings for Infant Deaths

It wasn't a long walk to Lisa Cochran's car in the Costco parking lot from the store. But by the time she got there, her infant son was near death.

Cochran had just put 7-day-old Derrik back in his Infantino "SlingRider."  She filed a lawsuit asking for millions of dollars in damages and alleging that Infantino was negligent and liable for her son's death. The death certificate cited compression asphyxia/suffocation as Derrik's cause of death, Cochran said.

Infantino issued a recall of two baby slings, the "SlingRider" and the "Wendy Bellissimo," offering customers replacement slings.  The San Diego-based company said consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately, but did not take responsibility for any deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a warning about the use of certain baby slings, saying it had identified 14 deaths with sling-style carriers. Health Canada issued a joint statement with the agency, saying three of the deaths appeared to occur in one of Infantino's slings.

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