Indiana is one of the ten worst states for the incidence of sudden unexpected infant deaths, or SUIDs. And in its area of the state, Tippecanoe County fares the worst of all its neighbors. But why, when the county has several hospitals and a major research university?
Who tracks the numbers?
Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt opens a cooler at the county health office. Inside are four body bags on stretchers.
“Anything under 18 we are required by law to do an autopsy and that’s fine we’re also required to do x-rays,” she says.