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Man charged in co-sleeping death

Posted: Aug 30, 2014 4:26 PM by Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the co-sleeping death of his infant daughter.

The Kansas City Star reports that 22-year-old Deonte J. Barnett is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court in the February death of 9-month-old Aubrie Barnett. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Jackson County prosecutors said Barnett had been counseled on the dangers of sleeping with a baby after the child was hospitalized previously.

Court records say Barnett told police that he and the baby fell asleep together and that when he awoke he was lying on top of her. Barnett said the baby was limp but breathing slightly, so he put her in a stroller and went back to sleep.

When he awoke, the girl was unresponsive.

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