Hudson family shares tragic story of infant death in light of sleeper recall

Parents urge others to stop using Fisher Price Rock n Play and Kids II sleepers.

Distraught Hudson family issues safe-sleep warning after losing newborn

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Just three months after the loss of their 10-week-old daughter Molly, her parents began a campaign to warn other parents about sleep dangers.

Initially Meagan and Jeff Gries attributed her death to SIDS. But the coroner later ruled it was positional asphyxiation.

“It was 100 percent preventable,” said Meagan.

Parents urge others to stop using Fisher Price Rock n Play and Kids II sleepers

The Gries family shares their story in painful detail in order to make an impact on parents who may be making some of the same mistakes that their babysitter did.

“These mistakes are non-discriminatory. You don’t know that they’re mistakes at the time. You’re just trying to do your best as a parent,” Meagan said.

The Fisher Price Rock n Play was recalled by the CPSC
The Fisher Price Rock n Play was recalled by the CPSC (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)

The family now spends their time spreading the message about safe sleep practices, as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That includes a warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission about a recently issued a recall of all inclined infant sleepers made by Kids II and Fisher Price.

Tonight at 11, hear from the family about the mistakes that lead to their daughter’s death and get specific instructions from a local health department expert about how to handle these recalls.

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