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Dilworth Store Has Banned Crib on Sale Floor

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A whistle blower alerted us to a store selling a drop-side baby crib that the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned years ago.

The woman questioned the store about the legality of selling the crib on Facebook and the store responded, "I know it is illegal. Thank you."

We went to the store today to investigate if the crib was still for sale.  

We found the crib in question for sale at Jazzy and Mumbo's Animal Aid Thrift Store in Dilworth for $200.

"It looks like, yes, it is a drop side," says a store employee.

The employee didn't know the crib they were selling had been banned and tried calling the store owner, but didn't get a hold of her.

This isn't the first time the store has tried selling a drop-side crib. Another was offered for sale and sold back in May with some of the same concerns regarding the safety and legality of these types of cribs.

The store defends the sale of these types of cribs by saying they can be repurposed for other projects.

Sanford Health Injury Prevention Coordinator April Rabideaux says it's the dropping side that makes the crib unique, but also dangerous.

"The top portion or the bottom portion of the drop side can become disattached from the crib and then that would cause an entrapment hazard for a child," says Rabideaux

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports more than 30 child deaths related to drop-side cribs. These photos from the CPSC show the dangers.

Although cribs are an investment, Rabideaux says it's worth the cost to buy new- complete with all the parts, assembly instructions and CPSC stamp of approval.

"Cribs are really the only place we leave our children unattended for extended periods of time-eight hours, 10 hours, hopefully 12 hours in a night- so that's where we want to make sure they're the safest," she says.

We contacted the Jazzy and Mumbo's Animal Aid Thrift Store owner and she said "I have nothing to say to you" and hung up.

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