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HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – A new report indicates that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was the most common cause of death among young children in families having some involvement with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

The study of 124 fatalities, which occurred between Jan. 1, 2005 and May 31, 2014, determined SIDs was the cause of death in 28.2 percent of cases involving children up to three years old. It was followed by medical complications, unsafe sleep and physical injury.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is usually higher in younger children.  Among the 124 fatalities, 65 percent were younger than 6 months old.  As a child ages, researchers say the child will be less likely to die of the syndrome.

The report, which was released on Monday, comes as DCF continues to focus on addressing unsafe sleep conditions for infants.

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