Virginia family speaks out after baby dies while in Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play sleeper

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ARLINGTON, Va. — A heartbroken couple in northern Virginia wants to warn other parents about the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper after their infant son died while in the product. 

In December 2017, five-month-old Ezra slept in the product, while his father, Keenan Overton, was asleep on the couch next to him.

“I looked up and I found him in a standing position but faced down in the chair, his face was on the back of the seat and he was already passed away. I picked him up and his face was already blue and his nose was squished in,” Keenan Overton told CNN. 

The five-month-old wouldn’t have been able to roll over yet, he told CNN.

The infant’s mother, Evan Overton, said they haven’t filed suit but are negotiating with Fisher-Price. 

“Fisher-Price and Mattel, their parent company, we are in negotiations to discuss kind of what we expect from talking about and speaking out on the dangers of this chair,” Evan Overton said. “Our main thing is to inform other people so that it won’t happen to somebody else.” 

On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called for the immediate recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper, citing a Consumer Reports analysis linking the popular sleeper to 32 infant deaths.

The call comes less than a week after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) asked customers to stop using the product if their children are able to roll over. 

Fisher-Price said the company does not believe that these deaths have been caused by the product because some of the children either had a previous medical condition or the product was not used properly, according to Consumer Reports. 

CPSC and Fisher-Price issued a warning for the product last week, citing reports of 10 infant deaths since 2015.

But the AAP says the warning did not go far enough to protect infants.

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