'Urgent action needed' following baby's death

Coroner raises concerns over Bednest crib following baby girl's death

The Coroner for West Sussex, Penelope Schofield has today (Thursday 23rd April) issued an interim report expressing concern over the Bednest Bed Side crib after 7 week old Grace Joy Roseman died after being placed down to sleep in the crib.

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Grace was placed in her Bednest Bed Side crib by her mother at around 8.30am on 9th April 2015. The crib has a panel on either side one of which can be folded down leaving about 7cm of side with a narrow, hard metal plastic covered edge. At about 10.00am, Grace was found by her mother lying with her head over the edge of the crib and her neck resting on the low plastic ridge. The provisional cause of death is that Grace died from Asphyxia. It appears that Grace managed to get her head over the side of the crib. Due to the weight of her head on the side of the cot her air supply was restricted and this led to her death.

This interim report has been served on both the National Children's Trust who sell the cot and Bednest Ltd.

That interim report states: "In my opinion there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken."

The Coroner lists a number of issues that are of concern in the report and in particular she states, "Should another baby be placed in the prone position and left with the side incompletely lowered again in one of these cots, another death could occur. If the cot's side is not safe to be incompletely lowered or for the cot to be tilted more than 5cms then it should be questioned as to whether these should be options available at all."

"In my opinion urgent action should be taken to prevent future deaths and I believe you and/or your organisation have the power to take such action."

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