Hawaii Legislature approves infant protections

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Legislature wants Hawaii child care facilities to do more to protect infants from sudden death.

The state Senate approved a bill Tuesday to require child care facilities to adopt policies that ensure infants sleep safely. The bill was 1 of several that the Senate moved forward on Tuesday. The measures now go to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature.

Michelle Rho from the nonprofit organization Child and Family Service says suffocation is the leading cause of death for Hawaii children under the age of 1.

Rho says Hawaii is 1 of 7 states that don't regulate how infants and toddlers sleep in child care centers.

The Department of Human Services supported the proposal, which would require care homes to abide by the department's rules about infant sleep safety.

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