Concord Mother Charged After 3-Month-Old Dies From Co-Sleeping

CONCORD, N.C. — A Concord mother was arrested and charged in the death of her 3-month-old daughter as a result of co-sleeping, according to police.

According to the Concord Police Department, Kayla Mitchell, 23, was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Felony Child Abuse.

Kayla Mitchell Jail Photo

Police say  they arrived at the residence on April 4 after receiving a 911 call regarding an unresponsive infant. Despite receiving prompt medical attention, the infant was later pronounced dead.

After an investigation it was revealed that the child died of asphyxiation as a result of co-sleeping with Mitchell, officials said. She has also been the focus of prior investigations by the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services relating to co-sleeping with her other children.

Co-sleeping is when someone is sleeping in the same bed or close by in the same room with a child. Despite advice and warnings Mitchell continued to engage in co-sleeping with her infant child and other children.

The investigation was reviewed by officials and it was decided that criminal charges were warranted. Upon turning herself in to Concord Police investigators, Mitchell was placed in the Cabarrus County Jail under $150,000.00 bond, police say.