A mother woke up to the sound of her daughter screaming, only to find her 4-month-old son dead in his stroller. The woman appeared in court to explain why she left her son in the stroller overnight.
On Nov. 19, 2014, Katie Kingswood awoke to find that her baby, Ethan, had died after spending the night in his stroller.
Kingswood said she called emergency services to her home, but it was too late to save Ethan.
The mother told a court that she had moved her baby from his crib to the stroller after he was sick in the crib.
"I was going to put him back in the bed but started to sort out my daughter and forgot to do it," she told the court, according to the Mirror.
Kingswood found Ethan the next morning after her daughter started screaming.
"I took Ethan out of the [stroller] and thought he was asleep," she said. "I put him back down and called my dad to come and get my daughter. I called an ambulance. They said he had been gone all night."
Ethan's cause of death remains unclear, according to Lincolnshire Live. The pathologist who examined Ethan, Dr. Roger Malcomson, told the court he suspected Sudden Infant Death Syndrome but could not say definitively:
Ethan had tiny bleeds at the top of his heart, chest and lung tissues. These spots are common. In a child of this age, it could be [SIDS], given Ethan's history and the fact that he was in a restrictive sleeping device that is recognized for its risk factor for [SIDS]. He was a premature baby which also increases the risk. This is all speculative, so I cannon point to one thing. It remains unclear why he died.
The exact cause of SIDS is not known, but it may be related to defects in the part of the brain that controls breathing and awaking from sleep, according to the Mayo Clinic.
As a premature baby, Ethan was in the hospital for weeks before he was allowed to go home. During his time in the hospital, he suffered a few episodes of apnea, causing him to stop breathing.
"There are around 20 [SIDS] cases a year in the [region of England where Katie lives] and half of those deaths are due to the baby's sleeping environment," Malcomson said. "For example, the child is not in its cot on its back with its feet at the bottom of the cot."