Mother's pain after baby dies when she fell asleep on sofa

A heartbroken mother has spoken of her anguish after her newborn baby died when they fell asleep together on their sofa.

Chelsea Love, 24, had taken eight-day-old son Leo, out of his bouncy chair at their home in Hull after she noticed he was falling asleep.

She put him on her chest for a cuddle and intended to return him to his cot. 

But, exhausted, she then fell asleep and was woken by the sound of Leo's father, Sam Coles, screaming.

Chelsea Love told of her pain after her baby son Leo died when they both fell asleep on the sofa

Chelsea Love told of her pain after her baby son Leo died when they both fell asleep on the sofa

Leo was rushed to hospital but, despite desperate attempts to save him, he tragically died.

Describing the horrible moment, she told an inquest: “Leo was falling asleep in his bouncy chair so I decided to get him out for a cuddle.

“He was laid on his back, I had part of the duvet over my lower body and Leo’s feet were covered. I was really tired but I didn’t think I would fall asleep.

“I woke up to Sam screaming, I could not work out what was going on.”

The couple dialled 999 and Leo was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where doctors managed to restart his heart.

He was then transferred to Leeds hospital for specialist

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