Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  is just one of the reasons why Texas has an infant mortality rate that’s among the worst for industrialized nations. Other reasons include large portions of poverty in the state and many in the population who don't have access to health care. The state also has a problem with the death rate for women who die in child birth.

Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death. Even those who survive an early birth can face lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy and developmental delays.

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Each year about 3,500 babies inexplicably die of SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.   Texas’ infant death rate is higher than the national average.  Bexar County has the highest rate in the state.

While some infant deaths can be prevented, many families lack knowledge or resources.

Bexar County hospitals are working to improve education, while some local leaders are raising money for more research.

The cause of death listed on Rex Neal Van de Putte’s death certificate,  reads “unknown.” He lived to be five months old.

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State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte has announced a newly-created 5K run in honor of her grandson, Rex Neal Van De Putte, who died this year from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The first 5K Walk/Run for Rex this Saturday morning will benefit SIDS research.

Rex was six months old when he died May 7 and Van De Putte said crib death takes the life of a baby in Bexar County every two and a half weeks.