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 cot death
n. Chiefly British
Sudden infant death syndrome.
the unexplained sudden death of a baby while asleep
Noun 1. syndrome.
Kieron's mother Nicola Payne Nicola "Nikki" Payne (born 26 July, 1966 in Hong Kong) is a former New Zealand rower who won an Olympic Bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Along with Lynley Hannen, Payne won Bronze in the women's coxless pairs. 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 Ian Johnson may refer to:
But he was dead when he got to hospital.
Police at first believed that Kieron had been smothered smoth·er
v. smoth·ered, smoth·er·ing, smoth·ers
a. To suffocate (another).
b. To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.
2. 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 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or crib death, sudden, unexpected, and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant under one year of age (usually between two weeks and eight months old). 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.