Baby died from ‘natural causes’

THE GRANDPARENTS of a three-day-old baby tried in vain to resuscitate him when he suddenly stopped breathing, an inquest has heard.

Tiny Nicholas Harris died at home in Windermere Road, Long Eaton, after his mother Stacey Flowers had tried to feed him.

The 21-year-old, who the coroner said was ‘too upset’ to attend the inquest at Derby Coroners Court on Friday, had told doctors she was having difficulty getting Nicholas to feed on December 14 last year.

Paediatric consultant Dr Marta Cohen told the court that Miss Flowers was talking to him on her knee facing her when his mouth suddenly went blue and his body ‘went floppy’.

She called for Nicholas’s grandparents who performed CPR and called an ambulance.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Dr Cohen, who performed a post mortem on Nicholas, said tests had shown that a small area at the back of his brain, which controls red blood cell production, was ‘underdeveloped’.

“This could have caused him to suddenly stop breathing,” she explained.

She also found that he had had a cold at the time, which may have contributed to his death.

Det Sgt Douglas Naden, of Derbyshire police, spoke to the family at the hospital and visited their home. He told the court: “The house was well maintained and the account given to us by the grandmother gave us no cause for concern.

“There were no suspicious circumstances and no injuries to the body.”

Coroner Dr Robert Hunter returned a verdict of natural causes.

“There was no evidence to suggest he would recover from this condition,” he said.

“At some point in the future he may have stopped breathing. What we don’t know is when that would have been.”