Thursday, 20 September 2012

SIDS: Healthy tot died from cot death, inquest is told

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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A 10-MONTH-OLD girl who was found "unresponsive" in her cot died from sudden infant death syndrome, an inquest has heard.
Charlotte Newman was described as a "well-nourished and well-cared for" baby during the hearing yesterday at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court.
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    Little Charlotte was taken to Royal Derby Hospital
The inquest heard she had been well when she was put to bed in April this year but she could not be roused the next morning and paramedics were called.
Charlotte, of Derby Road, Duffield, was taken to Royal Derby Hospital but later pronounced dead.
The inquest was told that paramedics had arrived promptly and Charlotte got to the hospital 19 minutes after the 999 call was made.
Deputy coroner Louise Pinder said: "The family have indicated they are extremely grateful to the paramedics for everything they did."
The inquest also heard that Charlotte had previously had chicken pox but a post-mortem examination confirmed this had not contributed to her death.
Pathologist Dr Mudher Al-Adnani, who carried out the examination at Sheffield Children's Hospital, said the cause of Charlotte's death was sudden infant death syndrome – also known as cot death. This is defined as a sudden and unexplained death.
Ms Pinder recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

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