North Carolina mother charged in 2nd infant co-sleeping death

24-year-old Mackenzie Reed. (Credit: Wilmington Police)

A North Carolina mother is charged with the death of her infant as a result of co-sleeping. Authorities said it's the second baby to die from co-sleeping at the hands of the mother. 

Wilmington Police said 24-year-old Mackenzie Katlyn Reed is charged with felony child abuse serious injury, involuntary manslaughter and child abuse/neglect serious physical injury.

Police said the recent charges stem from an incident that happened in October 2023 when officers responded to a home over a report of an unconscious infant. 

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First responders unsuccessfully tried to revive the baby. 

Authorities said in 2022, Reed had another child who died under similar circumstances. 

Reed is in jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

Co-sleeping and bed-sharing are two terms that are often used interchangeably – yet they’re not the same.  Co-sleeping actually refers to sleeping next to or in the same room as a child, while bed-sharing means sleeping on the same surface, such as a bed, sofa, or chair.

FOX News contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.