infant mortality Democratic Lawmakers Want To Save Tennessee Infants With 'Baby Boxes' By Blake Farmer • Feb 5, 2018 Maddie McGarvey / for NPR Listen Listening... / 1:17 Hear the radio version of this story Democratic lawmakers want to bring baby boxes to Tennessee. The cardboard cribs would broaden local efforts to reduce the region's high rate of infant mortality. Davidson County Marks Steep Drop In Infant Sleep Deaths By Blake Farmer • Dec 7, 2017 Maddie McGarvey for NPR Listen Listening... / 1:20 Hear the radio version of this story Davidson County is marking a steep drop in infant sleep deaths. The number of infants who suffocated while sleeping dropped 29 percent in one year. So called "sleep-related deaths" dipped to 15 in 2016, representing one in five of all infant deaths.