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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Infant deaths due to accidents rose in 2012.

A Midlands woman wants to use her loss as a teaching moment.

According to information released from the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control, 39 infants died in 2012 due to accidents, which included suffocation or strangulation.

For Jessica Edwards, who lost her 2-month old son, Cason, after such an accident, it is personal.

"These were the first twins on my family's side," Edwards said of her twin boys born in 2011, Cason and Carter.

Remembering the happier times she shared with her boys, never figuring twins were in her future, are what pull Edwards through what seems to be an ongoing nightmare.

"We went to bed a family of four, and woe up a family of three," Edwards said, recalling the night her son died.

On that night, Edwards and her son Carter fell asleep on the couch while her boyfriend took their son, Cason, to the bedroom where they fell asleep.

By the next morning, Cason was no longer breathing.

"I saw my life crumble right before my eyes," Edwards said.

Information given to her pointed toward Cason's airway being blocked at some point during the night.

The coroner's report indicated Edwards' boyfriend was laying on top of the child at some point, causing suffocation.

Cutting deeper for Edwards was burying her 2-month old son, Cason, while his surviving twin brother, Carter, looked on.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, and I never thought in one million years I would be picking out a casket about that big," Edwards said.

She reached out to the Children's Trust of South Carolina, hoping to keep other parents from feeling the same pain.

"We just feel a sense of urgency to get the message out that this is very preventable if people know what to do," said Sue Williams, CEO of Children's Trust.

Williams said she and her staff have formed lessons on 'safe-sleeping' habits, trying to stop the number of deaths in 2012 attributed to such accidents, from rising.

"Even if the parent doesn't roll over on the baby, the baby can roll," Williams said. "We never know when the baby's are going to start to roll, and we've had babies trapped."

Williams said her work includes planning with area hospitals and coroners to teach everyone in a baby's life.

But Williams said the takeaway isn't complicated.

"Very simply, a baby should be alone, on their back (and) in a crib by themselves," Williams said.

Though it's a lesson that may be too late for Edwards, she's hopeful it won't be too late for another family.

"If I can tell Cason's story, and it will save another baby's life, than Cason served his purpose," Edwards said.

"And I'm good with that."

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