Jake Oakley took care of little Cassidy shortly after his spine surgery in September 2021 and says a “higher force” woke him up to check on the baby
(Image: Meg Oakley)
A mother and father are devastated after their six-week-old baby was found unresponsive on the living room floor.
Jake Oakley took care of little Cassidy shortly after his spine surgery in September 2021.
Jake says Cassidy was placed on a baby pillow on a small footstool surrounded by pillows and blankets before falling asleep around 11 p.m.
He says he was awakened by a “higher power” half an hour later because Cassidy was no longer there.
Jake told that LiverpoolECHO: “I can only describe it as a higher force because there was no crying or sound, it just wasn’t there.
“I was wondering if Meg took her upstairs but then I saw the pink onesie and she fell. She wasn’t breathing or reacting.
“I had slept downstairs because I couldn’t go upstairs after surgery, but I ran upstairs to the bedroom and immediately called 999 while I performed CPR.”
Jake said he believes Cassidy suffered a heart attack that caused her to fall off the stool onto the floor and she was taken to Warrington Hospital, where her parents say she has become stable.
Jake said an initial autopsy showed she suffered a second heart attack that resulted in brain damage.
He added: “We weren’t allowed to be with her because there was a police inquiry but we waited in the waiting room for five hours before we were told she was stable enough to be taken to Alder Hey where she died. “
Jake said he wasn’t allowed to see the couple’s other daughter, Esme, aged two, while the investigation was ongoing, which was “one of the worst feelings on the planet”.
He said: “We didn’t know what was really going on in our heads. When we at Alder Hey were told that she had brain damage and the decision was made to turn her life support off, she was told she would not have that quality of life. She died at 2:40 p.m. on September 9.”
The couple couldn’t see their other daughter for several days, which was “tough for everyone.”
Jake says he received a report written and signed by an Alder Hey consultant whose notes angered him by suggesting “overlay” as the probable cause of death.
Jake said: “This report states that he cannot provide a definitive cause of death and has indicated an accidental overlay. He said there were no signs of asphyxiation, which would have been expected.”
Jake added: “The police took me home and interrogated me with a doll and had me act out what had happened so many times and it was videotaped. He would have seen that evidence.”
He said: “She’s not just a number in a hospital, she was a person. She was our baby. It’s like the nightmare continues.”
The report seen by ECHO states that the likely possibility of accidental overlay “cannot be ruled out with a high degree of certainty”.
It adds, “However, considering the circumstances in which she was found lifeless, I believe, considering the probabilities, that Cassidy died as a result of accidentally being placed in a dangerous sleeping position (the footstool).”
The Alder Hey children’s hospital informed the ECHO that it was not possible to comment on individual cases.
No date has yet been set for an investigation.
The Mirror Online contacted Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for comment.
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