A Washington mother whose 7-month-old son died in a tragic accident on Monday has shared her grief on Facebook as a warning to others who let their young children go to sleep with blankets. Jordan DeRosier, whose youngest son Sloan was discovered with his blanket around his head, said she was moved to share her heartbreak after commenters began blaming vaccines for her baby’s death.
“Initially I had not wanted to explain the detailed circumstances of his death because of my guilt and the fear of condemnation from others,” DeRosier posted, in part, on July 4. “But I will not allow anyone to try and place blame where it does not belong.”
DeRosier explained that she had put Sloan to bed with a blanket made by his great-grandmother and another grey one that he was attached to since birth.
“They took the grey one he had been found with his head in,” she posted. “He had pulled it through the crib rails somehow and gotten himself stuck in it. You never think it will happen to you. You never think it will be your baby. Please do not put your babies to bed with a blanket. Please. He was 7 months old, I thought because he was crawling, standing on his own, and climbing, that he would be fine with a blanket.”
The post is accompanied by a photo of a distressed DeRosier holding her older son Rowan.
“This is the face of immense, unfathomable grief, the face of longing, of heartbreak, of self inflicted GUILT. I will NEVER stop feeling responsible. I will relieve this for the rest of my life knowing EXACTLY what I could have done differently,” she wrote. “Please learn from my world shattering mistake.”
The post, which has been followed up by others revealing that DeRosier was the one who found her unresponsive son before calling out for her husband, Justin, has been shared more than 10,700 times and has received over 13,000 reactions.
Previous blogs and updates had referred to Sloan as the family’s rainbow baby, which is a term given to a baby born after a miscarriage. A fund has been started to help the family with funeral and memorial costs.