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Proposed law aims to prevent sudden infant death syndrome

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MID-MICHIGAN (WNEM) -

A young mother turned the loss of her child into a crusade.

"I always say there was a purpose for his life. Whether it was just his short little four months and I believe that this is what his purpose was," said Sara Lynch.

Lynch lost her sun to sudden infant death syndrome in 2013.

The courageous young mother is hoping to turn the devastating loss into a legal protection for every Michigan infant.

Lukas Lynch, just four days shy of being four months old, suffocated in his sleep at an in-home daycare.

A proposed law is aiming to prevent tragedies like that from striking another child and family. The proposal has made it to committee hearings in Lansing. It's one step closer to reality.

"That would just be joy to me. That would feel to me that something good came out of something so negative," Sara Lynch said.

State Rep. Charles Brunner, the man behind the measure, said every infant up to 12-months-old must have personal supervision at all times at every facility, no matter the size. He said his proposal might have saved Lukas and may save others.

"The rules and regulations right now do not require somebody to keep an eye on an infant. They can roll over and they can't roll back," Brunner said.

No one wants to put a price tag on an infant's safety, but there may be some push back from smaller residential daycare facilities who simply can't afford to have someone in the room with infants all the time.

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