Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:52:07 GMT
The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Every day, hundreds of Mississippians get their cars inspected to make sure they are in proper driving condition. Also every day, hundreds of others don't. The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:06:03 GMT
On Tuesday, a public hearing was held about the controversial TANF drug testing law. Implementation of this law has been delayed. Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had sinceMore >>
Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had about the TANF drug testing law since the legislative session.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:48:33 GMT
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died. Joseph Barnett's attorney, Katie Dickerson, confirmed that Barnett died at a Jackson hospital around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning. BarnettMore >>
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:54:03 GMT
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, the narcotics unit has conductedMore >>
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. More >>
The story of a 1-year-old who died while sleeping in a car seat in Utah several years ago has resurfaced on Facebook and is once again raising awareness about the dangers of leaving infants in car seats for long periods of time. It's gotten the attention of a lot of parents. After all, when you think of a car seat, you think of it as a safe place for your baby to be. Experts say it is, if it's used correctly.
First time mom Corinna Sato can't take her eyes off her 7-month-old baby girl Emma. She checks on her when she's sleeping in her crib and when she goes on long drives, she looks in the mirror to make sure everything is alright. She's also done what so many other parents have.
"When we come home from a car ride and she's still sleeping in her car seat, we're like okay, maybe we'll just leave her to take a nap in her car seat because she's sleeping so peacefully," said Sato.
It sure seems innocent, but it can be deadly.
Babies left sleeping in car seats have died in Utah, Nebraska and here in Hawaii just last year.
"Yes, there was a case on Oahu where a child died in a car seat. It got overheated in the seat while it was placed in the house during nap time," said Executive Director of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii Lisa Kimura.
Just last week, a woman driving along a Florida highway pulled over to perform CPR after noticing her infant nephew had turned blue while asleep in his car seat.
The Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii reports there are about 20 to 25 cases of sleep-related deaths in Hawaii every year. It's not clear how many died in a car seat or from positional asphyxiation which is when a baby can't get enough air due to the positioning of his or her body. What we do know is that infants, younger than 4-months-old and unable hold up their head are at highest risk.
"They can overheat in the seat, they can be positioned so that they're not getting proper amount of air and the straps themselves can become a problem because they can slide down and asphyxiate," said Kimura.
Pediatricians recommend parents should never leave an infant unattended in a car seat for a long period or in a car seat that is not installed in the car because it increases their risk of asphyxiation. When the car seat is placed on the floor, it changes the angle your baby rests, than when it's clicked into the car seat and that can compromise their airway.
"The car seat can also rock or sway or overturn," said Kimura.
Another important tip is to always make sure your baby is fitted properly in a car seat that is installed correctly.
"The front buckle should be at the mid-chest nipple line. Not too high because that can choke the baby, but also definitely not too low in the case of an accident, this would go right into baby's stomach causing internal injury," said Kimura.
"Hospitals in Hawaii see these accidents all the time. No matter how wonderful of a parent you are, you always have to be vigilant about your child's safety because it only takes a second for an accident to happen," said Kimura.
"That's very scary to think about," said Sato. "As a first time mom, I want to take every precaution I possibly can to keep my baby safe."
Pediatricians say, it's important to point out that most experts agree that normal infants who are in properly fitted and installed car seats will be safe and that there is a greater risk of dying in a car accident than of dying from airway compromise in a car seat. For concerned parents, however, it is always good to be aware of the potential dangers.
Want more information? Call the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition at 808-294-0402.
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Monday, July 14 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:46:49 GMT
The state auditor's office has begun the process of reviewing the city of Hattiesburg's annual audit, according to spokesperson Brett Kittredge. "There were some serious findings, and that's why theyMore >>
A letter dated July 11to auditor Stacey Pickering from council president Kim Bradley said the independent review was sought "to verify the audit findings and to determine whether the qualified opinions are merited."More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:10:38 GMT
Two Laurel men who were charged with murder have now been released from jail after a Grand Jury no billed their murder charges. The Grand Jury returned "no true bills" for murder against Gregory Nix andMore >>
Two Laurel men who were charged with murder have now been released from jail after a Grand Jury no billed their murder charges. More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:10:22 GMT
Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The competition between the trio encompasses all sports and USM Athletic Director Bill McGillis, offered his view into the rivalry. "Southern Miss is theMore >>
Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
The competition between the trio encompasses all sports and USM Athletic Director Bill McGillis, offered his view into the rivalry.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:08:24 GMT
State senator Chris McDaniel made a stop in Hattiesburg Tuesday to ask supporters for their help in his potential election challenge. McDaniel, who still has not conceded the June 24 runoff, spoke toMore >>
State senator Chris McDaniel made a stop in Hattiesburg Tuesday to ask supporters for their help in his potential election challenge.More >>
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