CPSC to test for link in baby deaths

September 27, 2010 5:58:50 AM PDT
The investigation into 10 baby death on Fort Bragg will kick into high gear this week with an on post visit by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC will conduct the most extensive testing to date to determine if there is an environment link to the deaths.

Grieving families hope the separate investigation will lead to some answers.

"It's kind of like a waiting game for us and the other families, it's a waiting game," said Spc. Robert Neuterman, grieving father.

Neuterman and his wife have already waited 10 months for answers about the death of their 2-month-old daughter Emma.

They'll likely be waiting several more months.

The CPSC is expecting to begin a series of tests this week around homes on Fort Bragg with results expected back in February of next year.

Federal Army investigators asked the CPSC to help in their independent investigation into 10 infant deaths over the past four years. They are trying to determine if there is an environmental link after three babies died in the same living quarters.

"They are doing a full spectrum of environmental testing," said Chris Grey, U.S. Army CID Spokesman. It goes the gamut from water, air, soil, structural; it's a very extensive test that they will do. And that's independent, again, of anything that Ft. Bragg is pursuing."

Federal Army investigators also will look into how Fort Bragg has investigated the deaths so far. Bragg investigators have ruled out toxic Chinese drywall and said they have nothing to hide.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent government agency, so if you don't believe anything up until this point because you think there's something being hidden or something not being divulged.," said Col. Kevin Arata, Fort Bragg spokesperson. They will determine what in fact is a problem or what is not a problem and they'll deliver the results as soon as they come forth."

The date of the CPSC's arrival has not been announced.

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