Cot duvet cover tragedy of baby

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A WIGAN baby died after she was found in her cot inside a duvet cover.

Lavender Sophia Harris died at the Royal Edward Albert Infirmary on the morning of October 6, last year.

The one-year-old had been put to bed the night before in her cot with a duvet cover with all the buttons fastened, and when checked on at 10.30pm by her mum, Natasha Harris, was sleeping peacefully, Bolton Coroner’s Court heard.

At around 8.30am the next day, Natasha found her little girl unconscious in her cot - inside the duvet cover.

She was taken to Wigan Infirmary where doctors attempted to revive her but was pronounced dead just over an hour later.

Lavender of Westleigh Lane, Leigh, was described as a bright baby but during her short life had been diagnosed with asthma, was lactose intolerant and had experienced a case of sleep apnea.

Pathologist Melanie Newbould at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital who carried out a post-mortem, told the court that she could not ascertain a cause of death.

Dr Newbould said: “We had carried out all the tests available to us, on Lavender, but I was unable to find a cause of death.

“Lavender was found to have been suffering a viral infection at the time of her death and although she may have got into the bed linen, we cannot prove that she had suffocated leading that to be the cause of death.”

Dr Newbould confirmed to the court that while it was possible Lavender may have experienced another episode of sleep apnea, or a heart arrhythmia while inside the duvet cover - neither could not be proven during a post-mortem.

Deputy Coroner Alan Walsh said: “I am sure Lavender was a very well cared for child, and well looked after.

“It’s a great tragedy that sometimes babies die without being able to find out the cause of death.

“It’s a frustration that we have to deal with.

“I am sure it is unimaginable to lose your child but I am sure you have very happy memories from her short life.”

The coroner recorded an open verdict.