The Ohio Department of Health says the number of infant deaths rose slightly last year. compared with the previous year.
1,024 Ohio infants died last year before their first birthdays. That's 19 more than in 2015. The overall infant mortality rate hasn't changed significantly in the last decade. The report shows the mortality rate for black babies is nearly three times greater than for whites. Last year's increase occurred despite a 22 percent drop in sleep-related deaths. There were 117 such deaths last year compared with 150 in 2015.