AUSTIN - Nearly every other day a baby dies in Texas while sleeping with an adult or older child.
State officials today announced it's an alarming phenomenon that causes more child deaths than accidental drownings.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services found that 170 children, nearly all younger than 6 months old, died "co-sleeping" with a parent, sibling or older caregiver in fiscal 2008.
Experts say suffocation is the most common cause of such fatalities.
In the first 11 months of 2008, there were 78 cases of child deaths caused by drowning.
That's less than half the number of kids who died while co-sleeping with someone older in the 12-month 2008 fiscal year that ended Aug. 31.
The trend continued with another 28 such deaths in September and October of this year.
Officials stopped short of urging parents not to sleep with their children but said they should be aware of the risks.