2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:30:36 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Ft. Bragg (NC) infant deaths
Fort Bragg infant death toll rises to 12

By Aaron Kessler and JOAQUIN SAPIEN, ProPublica
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL)
March 9, 2011
A 12th infant apparently has died of undetermined causes in military housing at Fort Bragg, N.C., and investigators are now trying to determine whether the death is linked to fumes from contaminated drywall or some other environmental problem in the home.

Last month, federal officials declared that 11 earlier infant deaths were not caused by environmental contaminants, but they did not suggest any alternative causes.

Four-and-a-half-month-old Jaxson Garza died on Feb. 24. His parents, Sgt. Armando Garza and his wife Brittany, both 26, were moved to a guest house on the base later that day. Brittany Garza later learned that her home was being tested for defective drywall and other environmental problems.


For the entire article, see
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110309/BREAKING/ 110309464/2127&tc=ix

See also

Deaths of babies demand right tests

A column by Aaron Kessler
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL)
February 21, 2011
THERE HAS BEEN A CONSTANT sense of frustration among many homeowners and even their elected representatives that the federal drywall investigation led by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been needlessly slow and opaque.

But beyond being timid and bureaucratic, the CPSC is now facing accusations of something more troubling: deliberately cherry-picking the science to suit its own needs.

On Feb. 10, the agency and the U.S. Army released a report related to nearly a dozen unexplained infant deaths at Fort Bragg, N.C., including three babies who lived in one home. The finding: neither the drywall nor other environmental contaminants were responsible.


For the entire column, see


Lenny Siegel
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