Newborn baby dies after slipping beneath her mother when they both fell asleep on sofa
Newborn baby dies after she slipped under her mother as they both fell asleep on the couch
- Lilly-Marie Tina Harris died after slipping on the couch under her mother
- They both fell asleep after her mother bottle-fed her at home in Woolwich
- A CT scan revealed the baby had suffered ‘a severe hypoxic insult to her brain’
A newborn baby died after she slipped under her mother as they both fell asleep on the couch, an inquest heard.
Lilly-Marie Tina Harris was just six weeks old when the tragedy happened after her mother bottle-fed her at their family home in Woolwich, south-east London.
Both parents fell asleep in the same room on the evening of February 1, 2021, but during the night her father woke up realizing that something was wrong with his daughter.
He called 9am 9am and they took her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, the hearing was told Friday.
A CT scan revealed that the baby had suffered “a severe hypoxic insult to her brain” and was pronounced dead late the next morning.
Lilly-Marie Tina Harris was only six weeks old when she slipped under her mother as they both fell asleep on the couch, an inquest learned. file image
Speaking before the London Inner South Coroner’s Court, coroner Fleur Hallett ruled that Lilly-Marie’s death was an accident.
She said, “Lilly’s father had been in the same room as Lilly and her mother.
“Lilly had been fed and had fallen asleep in her mother’s arms. He had then fallen asleep and at one point Lilly’s mother had fallen asleep.
“Then he woke up with a start and couldn’t see Lilly’s mother holding her.
“He went there and saw that Lilly had slipped under her mother. He woke up Lilly’s mother right away.”
Lilly-Marie was kept on intubation and a ventilator and transferred to Evelina Children’s Hospital in Westminster, but doctors were unable to resuscitate her.
Lilly-Marie was kept on intubation and a ventilator and transferred to Evelina Children’s Hospital (pictured) in Westminster, but doctors were unable to resuscitate her
Both a pediatric and forensic pathologist agreed that the cause of death was “generalized and diffuse ischemia affecting the brain and spinal cord after an unsafe sleeping environment involving close sleeping with an adult.”
The coroner added: “Given the facts and evidence we have heard, I believe, on a probable basis, it is appropriate to return an accident conclusion.
“That’s because baby Lilly-Marie fell asleep in her mother’s arms.
“Lilly-Marie’s mother also fell asleep and at some point in the next two and a half hours she slipped under her mother.”