Thursday, 3 March 2011

SIDS: Australia; Sonia Hunt

The baby boy had been sleeping on a mattress he shared with his mother, her boyfriend and his five-year-old sister when he was found not breathing in the early hours of October 27, 2009.
It was originally alleged that a female cousin of the mother had bashed baby Marlon Aiden Clancy.
But the child's mother Sonia Hunt withdrew that allegation yesterday in a statutory declaration she submitted at the last minute before the inquest began.
Coroner Greg Cavanagh said there was no evidence to suggest Marlon was bashed to death.
The child was found limp with white froth around his nose and mouth by Ms Hunt's boyfriend Timothy Orwin about 4am.
Mr Orwin checked on the child when an intoxicated Ms Hunt got up in the early hours to go to the toilet.
That night Ms Hunt had been at SkyCity Casino and had returned at 1.30am. Mr Orwin went to move the child to ensure Ms Hunt did not fall on top of the baby.
"He felt like he was not quite right," Mr Orwin told the inquest."I straight away went and turned the light on and then I knew he was not breathing."
Mr Orwin rang 000 and was instructed to perform CPR on the infant.
St John's Ambulance officers took over the resuscitation when they arrived at the Jingili home.
Ambulance officers continued to perform CPR until they arrived at the hospital where Marlon was pronounced dead.
An autopsy could not determine the cause of death
Detective Senior Constable Christine O'Connor told the inquest it was common for Aboriginal families to share a mattress.
Today an expert on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Professor Roger Byard will give evidence.

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