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July 11, 1998|By From staff reports

Safety commission reissues warning about baby bedding

In reaction to the accidental suffocations of two Maryland babies, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reissued its warning last night about the dangers of putting infants to sleep on soft bedding like comforters and quilts.

The state medical examiner concluded Thursday that five-month-olds Matthew Harrison and Ian W. Denny died at the home of Stevensville day care provider Stacy Russum because a quilt used as a protective barrier fell over the upper parts of their bodies. Babies whose faces are covered with soft bedding re-breathe their own air, get little oxygen and eventually die.

The CPSC says infants should be placed to sleep on their backs, on a firm mattress, in a crib. Babies should never be placed on couches, water beds or adult beds to sleep. Information: 800-638-2772.

Due to the Grand Opening Parade for the ESPN Zone, Pratt Street between Calvert Street and Market Place will be temporarily closed to traffic tonight from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The sports-themed dining and entertainment complex opens Sunday at the Power Plant in the Inner Harbor. The parade will include a motorcade of celebrities, the Ravens Marching Band and college sports mascots.

Pratt Street traffic will be detoured left (north) on Calvert Street, right (east) on Baltimore Street, then right (south) on President Street to return to Pratt Street.

Archaeological dig set today at President Street Station

Excavators will go back to working on the railroad today at the Baltimore Civil War Museum.

In March, archaeologists uncovered pieces of railroad dating to the 1830s at the half-acre site at President Street Station near the harbor. Today, the museum will hold a dig there to try to find more remnants. Volunteer diggers are invited, and discovered artifacts will be exhibited in the museum.

On July 18 and 19, re-enactors will transform the museum into an Confederate recruiting station with spectators invited to participate. Information: 410-385-5188.

Harford County prosecutors said this week they are seeking the death penalty for a former Baltimore City police officer accused in the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend and her 5-year-old daughter.

Michael Edward Thompson, 26, is accused of killing 30-year-old Vicky Lee Austin -- who was pregnant at the time -- and her daughter, Jessica Elaine Morgan, in April at their home in the rural Harford County community of Street.

Thompson is being held at the Harford County Detention Center. A trial is scheduled for Sept. 30 in Harford County Circuit Court.

Pub Date: 7/11/98

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