May 12, 2021

Fort Bragg Baby Deaths Leave Unanswered Questions

It is shocking that 12 babies at Fort Bragg Army Base have died in 4 years, many were living in Army housing at the time of their death.
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville, NC

And most surprisingly, that this rate of death falls within the expected mortality rate of infants in the US.

Of deepest concern is that three of the babies lived in the very same house.  Something bad is going on!
They have definitely covered a wide spectrum of hypotheses, including environmental causes to medical reasons.
It is shocking that the Army at Fort Bragg are ready to close this case, with so many parents who are still without answers.
Why did their babies die?
What can they do to prevent it from happening to other families?

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Twelve Baby Deaths in Four Years Have Fort Bragg Parents Worried

Newspapers in North Carolina are reporting on the deaths of twelve babies in four years on the U.S. Army base Fort Bragg located in Fayetteville, NC. The Army conducted investigations that included hundreds of environmental tests of Army housing and to date sees no connection between Army housing and the infant deaths.
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville, NC

Still, Fort Bragg parents are worried.  Over the past four years, at different times, three of the babies who dies lived with their families in one townhouse at Fort Bragg.  This circumstance prompted the Army to conduct an investigation into possible environmental toxins, including the drywall used in the home.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, investigated the housing and determined in its final report that there was no environmental cause in the home to account for the tragedies.
The townhouse that was home to three of the families with babies that died currently remains empty.
Often when infants die of unexplained causes, their death is attributed to SIDS, of which all parents should be informed.  SIDS info at NIH.  SIDS Wikipedia Entry.

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Fort Bragg Howitzer Explodes and Injures 10

8 Marines and 2 Sailors were injured at Fort Bragg, army base in Fayetteville, NC, on Monday March 14 at 8pm during live fire artillery training exercises.

Fort Bragg Howitzer

All those injured are male and members of Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines.

The injuries were a result of lacerations and shrapnel wounds because the howitzer cannon they were using exploded.

The Army Times is reporting that the explosion was a M777A2 round that exploded while inside the howitzer.

An investigation into the incident is underway and the artillery training is in “check firing” status, which means that it has been suspended until firing can be safely resumed.