A FOUR month-old baby was found dead in her cot after sliding down beneath her blankets, an inquest heard.
Satine Daugherty was in good health, but had suffered from reflux since birth, which was being treated and monitored by doctors, Westminster Coroner's Court heard on Wednesday (February 29).
Family doctor Lindsay Ashworth, of Millbank Medical Centre, said that Satine and her mother had a ‘delightful relationship’ and that Satine was ‘extremely well looked after.’
But on the morning on December 28, baby Satine slid underneath her covers to the bottom of her cot, which was where she was found by her mother, Anna. She had been placed in her cot face-down, as that was the best way to manage her reflux and the keep her airway clear.
Paramedics were called to the flat in Lanark Road, Maida Vale at about 11.25am and tried to resuscitate Satine, who was not breathing and had no pulse, but was still warm to touch. She was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, but pronounced dead at 12.09pm.
Detective Inspector Jim Wingrave, who is part of Project Indigo, which investigates the deaths of children under two, confirmed there was ‘nothing out of the ordinary.’ But a post mortem could not find a conclusive cause of death, as it was unclear whether the tot may have been suffocated by her blankets.
Dr William Dolman, assistant deputy coroner for Westminster, said: “The circumstances in which the baby was found raise the possibility of asphyxiation, but this cannot be confirmed by the post mortem.
“Satine had had a problem with reflux since birth, but she had no obvious illnesses before the morning when she was found by her mother at the bottom of her cot.
“Sudden unexpected death in infancy is a tragedy for the parents or anyone involved in caring for a child, and I extend my condolences to her family.”
He concluded that Satine died from sudden unexplained death in infancy, and recorded a verdict of natural causes.