Sunday, 24 October 2010

SIDS: Singapore: Open verdict on cot death

Oct 21, 2010

By Elena Chong

THE circumstances surrounding the death of a four-month-old baby girl remains a mystery.

A domestic worker had found the infant lying face down in her cot on the morning of March 5 when she wanted to feed her.
She alerted her employers who called for an ambulance. The baby, who had no pulse and visible injury, died about an hour later in hospital.
At an inquiry into the child's death on Thursday, the court heard that the baby was last fed by her father at around midnight on March 5.
A baby monitor device was placed beside the cot, and the other in the parents' room but they did not hear any sound during the night.
A senior consultant forensic pathologist, who performed the autopsy on the baby girl, was unable to ascertain the cause of death but did not rule out asphyxia or sudden infant death syndrome (Sids), which is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of one. State Coroner Victor Yeo recorded an open verdict.

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