Parents blameless after baby's death in Marazion
Parents of a baby who died in Cornwall broke down in tears when told they were in no way to blame for their son’s death.
Mark O’Brien and his partner April Given were staying with their son Riley at Miss Given’s sister’s house in Marazion.
Riley was eight-months-old when he was found dead by his parents on the morning of April 3 after sleeping between them in their bed.
The inquest heard the couple, from Runcorn in Cheshire, had been concerned in the days leading up to Riley’s death by a cough and were told to give him paracetamol by a local doctor.
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Professor Peter Fleming, paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol, reviewed all of the available evidence.
Mr Fleming told Riley’s parents: “Riley did not die because he was in bed with you. For babies over six months that is not a risk.”
The professor said all the tests carried out following Riley’s death showed no evidence of being mistreated or harmed in any way.
Mr Fleming said: “I think what happened is that Riley’s chest infection is the reason he died. I think it was getting worse and something happened in the night that made it get worse.
“I would suggest the cause of Riley’s death was bronco-pneumonia and it was caused by a virus. Had he been put on antibiotics it would not have made any difference.
“I don’t think he would have suffered. He would have got off to sleep comfortable and quiet. He would have died peacefully in his sleep with his mum and dad next to him.”
Both parents broke down in tears at that point in the inquest today at Truro City Hall.
Mr Fleming said: “There was nothing that you or anybody else could have done.”
Dr Emma Carlyon, Cornwall Coroner, recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.