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Infant Dies After Falling Out of Shopping Cart
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Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said a three month old infant died after falling from a grocery shopping cart Tuesday.

Police say the infant was secured in his carrier but not secured to the seat in the cart when the carrier tipped over.

That's because, they say, there was nowhere for the carrier to latch onto.

The incident happened in the Kroger parking lot on Forsyth Road.

Jones calls it, "a terrible accident," and says the three month old was in an infant carrier on the top of a shopping cart when the cart hit a speed breaker.

Macon Police say a Kroger employee who was friends with the child's mother, was pushing the cart when the infant fell. The three were on their way out of the store just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Dr. Jason Smith with Primary Pediatrics says they see at least ten accidents from shopping carts every year, and he says when it comes to the buggies, always err on the side of caution.

"We also see a lot of accidents like this that happen where car seats fall from an elevated spot, whether it be a counter top or something else," says Dr. Jones, "And just, you know, a reminder to definitely make sure that we're not putting it at a high spot and that includes a shopping cart."

The American Association of Pediatrics has a list of rules when it comes to kids and shopping carts, but Dr. Smith says it's best to keep infant carriers in strollers that have a latch that will hold that carrier in place.

"If you're not able to do that, I always tell parents here to put it inside the actual basket of the cart. It's just a safer place for it to be," he says.

Macon Police also describe what happened as a tragic accident and say so far no charges are pending.

Bibb County Corner Leon Jones says the infant was immediately taken to Coliseum Northside Hospital and later to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he was pronounced dead at the pediatric intensive care unit around 4:03 p.m.  

Bibb County Corner Leon Jones says the infant was immediately taken to Coliseum Northside Hospital and later to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he was pronounced dead at the pediatric intensive care unit around 4:03 p.m.  

Kroger's Atlanta division issued this statement: "Our deepest sympathy and most sincere, heartfelt thoughts go to the family during this time, and Kroger is fully cooperating with the local investigation." 

  

 

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