A 7-year-old boy who died in March was strangled by window blind cords in his family’s home at Fort Detrick, Army investigators said Thursday.

Adam Bailey, who was a Whittier Elementary School student, lived on post with his father, who is a soldier, as well as his mother.

Adam has become the poster child for a proposal from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who wrote to the secretary of defense on Wednesday asking for “meaningful action” to protect military children from window blind cords.

“I urge you to ensure that the replacement of dangerous window coverings in households with young children is prioritized,” Blumenthal said in the letter.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least seven military children across the U.S. have died from window cord strangulation since 2001.

Christopher Grey, chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, noted that the Army’s investigation into Adam’s death is ongoing.

“At this point, we have no indication or evidence of foul play, but have not completely ruled it out,” Grey said in an email Thursday.

Adam was found tangled in the window cords at his home around 8 p.m. on March 17. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, an autopsy has been performed on the child’s body, but details of the cause of his death are still under investigation.

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Also,"an autopsy has been performed on the child’s body, but details of the cause of his death are still under investigation."


I just wonder why they point out “At this point, we have no indication or evidence of foul play, but have not completely ruled it out." Was there anything to suggest otherwise?


It should be noted that tragic accidents happen all around the county and the FNP does not report on it unless given permission by the family. Usually they only report the death and not the circumstances when children are involved. We had another tragic death this past week that highlights the different treatment given to the stories. In that case, the parents invited the FNP to be a part of the story. The only thing that sets this story apart is the fact that it happened on Fort Detrick. Shame on the FNP for splashing it up in a bright red banner on the front page of their site with the words "Breaking News". Its not breaking news. Its someones tragedy.


I honestly don't know how this happens. How are the blind cords so long that a child can reach them? I've never seen blinds like that.


Very sad indeed. However I expected to hear the child was a toddler, not 7 years old. Just goes to show hazards know no age.


Tell me. Did this childs tragic death require a Breaking News bulletin? Or is this another example of the FNP trying to demonize Fort Detrick by any means necessary? Plenty of tragic deaths occur across the county. Why the special attention paid to this poor boy and his family? This will serve no purpose other than to drag Fort Detrick into controversy and further traumatize a family dealing with the death of a child. Grow up FNP.


So callous Fredericklover. A family is grieving. Adam had friends who now miss him. The death of this child is tragic. Perhaps drawing attention to the dangers for children in homes will save a another child. I don't understand how this article "demonizes Ft Detrick." Unfortunately this tragedy could happen anywhere.

garden whimsey

A great tragedy. Always cut the cords on window blinds so they do not form a continuous loop. The blinds in my home have a rod that you twist to open and close the blinds.

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