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BABY DEATH: CAT NOT TO BLAME.

Byline: GEOFFREY LAKEMAN

A CAT thought to have suffocated a baby was not to blame for the child's death, it has emerged.

Tests have revealed that six-week-old Kieron Johnson was a victim of cot death syndrome.

Kieron's mother Nicola Payne had found the family pet lying on the boy's face when she went into her son's bedroom to give him an early-morning feed just days before Christmas.

She and Kieron's 28-year-old father Ian Johnson tried frantically to save him.

But he was dead when he got to hospital.

Police at first believed that Kieron had been smothered by the cat, which was seeking warmth.

A post-mortem examination at a Bristol hospital failed to pinpoint a clear cause of death. But further tests were carried out.

And pathologists discovered that sudden infant death syndrome was to blame.

Detective Inspector Steve Turpin said that, because death was due to natural causes, an inquest would not be held.

The funeral of Kieron, from Kingsteignton, Devon, took place earlier this week.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2001
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