THE tragic death of an eight-week-old baby from Whelley will remain forever a mystery after an inquest ruled the cause of death as unknown.
Amelia Kelly was found to be not breathing by her mother in the early hours of January 1 this year.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, Amelia could not be revived.
At an inquest into her death held at Bolton Coroner’s Court, Amelia’s mother, Lisa Kilmartin, told the hearing that Amelia was born prematurely, but was healthy.
Ms Kilmartin, of Chestnut Road, told the court that she was in the house with Amelia and her partner on New Year’s Eve.
She said that she had a few drinks and had put Amelia in her cot after a feed at around 1.30am before going to sleep herself.
She said she woke “with a start” at around 7am and “knew something was wrong”.
The court heard how she rang 999 when she found Amelia cold and very pale.
Despite an ambulance attending within minutes and Amelia being rushed to Wigan Infirmary she could not be saved. Ms Kilmartin, who has another daughter, four-year-old Jessica, told the court that Amelia was gaining weight and that the midwives and health visitors said she was making good progress, despite being delivered by emergency caesarian section at 36 weeks of the pregnancy.
Giving evidence, Dr Gauri Batra, a paediatric pathologist, said that there was no evidence of anything unnatural that could have caused Amelia’s death.
She told the court that there were a number of risk factors associated with unexplained deaths in infants, but no scientific evidence that any of them could have caused Amelia’s death.
Also giving evidence, Det Chief Insp Howard Millington, who investigated Amelia’s death, said that “she was well loved and cared for and there was nothing to indicate anything suspicious in her death.”
Recording a verdict that Amelia died of an unascertained natural cause, the coroner, Jennifer Leeming told her mother that she was “sincerely sympathetic”.
Ms Leeming said: “I cannot imagine anything worse than losing a child.
“It has to be the heaviest blow life can throw at anybody. I am so sorry for you.”