Army to hold another meeting about baby deaths

FORT BRAGG Authorities say 10 infant deaths have been reported during the last four years, and each family was staying in homes on Fort Bragg when the deaths occurred.

Just last week during a meeting with concerned families, officials announced that they will test the soil around the home where three babies were living when they died.

Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, along with Congressman Brad Miller told ABC11 Eyewitness News Monday that they are concerned about the deaths.

"I certainly want to say to those families that my heart goes out to any family that loses a young child and we want to be sure that every investigation and every detail, that there is no stone that is not over turned," Hagan said.

Miller is chairing a sub-committee digging into contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

"What they were doing at Camp LeJeune is not that different from what they were doing at other military bases," Miller said. "I would not be at all surprised to find out if they had contamination of the soil or in the ground water at Ft. Bragg like there has been at Camp LeJeune."

In the meantime, Fort Bragg says it has ruled out toxic mold and Chinese drywall, but Army investigators out of Washington and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are still doing their own testing.

The grieving families have told ABC11 that they just want answers and hope nothing is being covered up.

"This is not something that can be swept under the carpet," Burr said.

He says if necessary, he'd call for an external review -- someone outside the department of defense to look at these deaths to see if there is any possible link.

So far, most of the autopsies for the 10 infants' deaths in the past four years are undetermined and point towards SIDS.

The second town hall meeting will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Murray Elementary School on post.

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