The ‘beautiful’ nine-week-old baby dies after being found unresponsive at his grandma’s home

Daisy-Mae Stanley was just nine weeks old when she tragically died under mysterious circumstances after being discovered “limp” in her cot by her grandmother

Daisy-Mae Stanley, by Leigh
Daisy-Mae Stanley, by Leigh

A ‘beautiful’ baby girl has tragically died after being found unresponsive in her basket at just nine weeks old.

Daisy-Mae Stanley was found at her grandmother’s home on November 23 last year. Lisa Connor woke up to find her granddaughter “flabby” and her face partially covered by a blanket.

An inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court on Monday revealed how she was discovered by her heartbroken grandma, the reports Manchester evening news.

The youngster was taken to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, where she later died. But the exact cause of death could not be determined, a coroner heard.

Daisy-Mae, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, was born on September 17 last year after a “healthy pregnancy”.

Bolton’s Coroner Court hearing the inquest into her death


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She weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces and was allowed to go home the next day with her mother, Chelsey Jackson, and father, Brodie Stanley.

In the weeks following her birth, little Daisy-Mae was given antibiotics for an umbilical cord infection. This eventually cleared up and she continued to grow into a healthy and young tot.

Ms Jackson told the hearing that her daughter would “miss a breath every now and then” and occasionally not breathe for seconds.

Then on November 16, just before Daisy-Mae’s death, Ms Jackson took her daughter to the hospital after noticing a rash on her body.

The tot was re-diagnosed with a viral infection but discharged home, said pediatrician Dr. Joanne Ashworth. Daisy-Mae temporarily moved in with her father’s parents along with her parents.

That evening Mrs Jackson fed Daisy-Mae before putting her daughter to sleep.

Daisy-Mae woke up sometime between 6.30am and 7.30am, Mr. Stanley took his daughter to the lounge to be with her grandmother Lisa Connor before going back to bed.

Ms Connor changed Daisy-Mae’s diaper and attempted to feed her before placing her in her Moses basket, according to the inquest.

When the boy finally calmed down, the inquest heard Ms Connor put a fleece on Daisy-Mae as she worried she was getting cold.

The grandma fell asleep but woke up a few hours later at 11:15 a.m. to find Daisy-Mae “unresponsive and limp,” the hearing was told.

The grandma frantically woke the boy’s parents and they called an ambulance while their father performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took over.

Further resuscitation attempts to save her were unsuccessful and she was later pronounced dead.

She added, “Our little girl will be missed by all of her family and friends and will remain in our hearts for the rest of our lives.”

The pathologist Dr. Melanie Newbould said an autopsy found “no apparent cause of death.”

dr Newbould added that she did not find any significant injuries or infections that could have contributed to Daisy-Mae’s death.

“As in many cases of sudden and unexpected death in infancy, I cannot state a cause of death,” she explained. “In my opinion, the cause of death is to be regarded as unexplained.”

Police coroner Marcheta Hogan told the inquest that an inquest found no suspicious circumstances or third-party involvement in Daisy-Mae’s death.

Coroner Stephen Teasdale noted an “open conclusion”, saying: “It seems like there was nothing obvious that the parents had overlooked. It’s just that the cause of death remains unclear.”

Following the inquest, Daisy-Mae’s family paid a heartbreaking tribute to their “beautiful little girl”. “Daisy Mae was the most beautiful girl we have ever seen,” they said. “She was a happy and healthy little girl and she had just started smiling.

“Her loss broke our family up, it still comes as a shock to all of us. Her brother Theo talks about her every night before bed.

“When she left, she took a piece of our heart with her and we will never forget her beautiful smile. Forever in our hearts Mom and Dad and your brother love you so much and will always talk about you. We miss you very much.”

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