Mum woke up to find her three-month-old baby dead lying next to her

A distraught mother woke up to find her baby daughter was lying dead beside her.

Mariame Diaw, 28, made the horrific discovery after sleeping in a double bed alongside three-month-old Aminata Ndiath in Heywood, Greater Manchester, an inquest heard.

Mariame was too distressed from finding her girl, who had been fine the night before, not breathing she could not perform CPR.

A pathologist said they were unable to explain why the ‘extremely well cared-for little girl’ suddenly passed away last November.

The tot had been ‘clearly thriving’, showed no signs of a virus or bacterial infection, and there were no suspicious circumstances over the death, it was said.

An inquest heard how Ms Diaw woke up at 5am on November 8 last year to find Aminata – who had been ‘happily sleeping at 2am’ – had died.

The mum and infant had been sleeping under a ‘thick fur blanket’.

Mariame rang an ambulance at 5.01am and the call handler asked her to perform CPR, but she was too distressed, reports the Manchester Evening News .

Paramedics said the baby was wearing daytime clothing as opposed to sleepwear when they came at 5.06am.

Aminata, who had been born three months earlier, on August 8 at Royal Oldham Hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5.11am.

Parents Mariame Diaw and Aboubakry Ndiath shared a bedroom in their Heywood flat with the kids; a cot for daughter Reiki, two, and a Moses basket for the baby, the inquest heard.

Mariame took the baby to bed with her as Reiki would try to sleep with her in the cot, she explained.

Mr Ndiath had left for his 6am shift before the incident, it was heard.

The inquest heard how Aminata was last seen by a doctor for a vaccine at two months old, and did not have any health concerns.

Pathologist Dr Melissa Newbould said it was an ‘unascertained death’ after completing a series of tests on the young child.

She did not find any issues of a bacterial infection or virus, and found the child’s chromosomes to be normal.

“It is common to not find a cause of death in a baby or young infant,” she said.

Mariame had been given advice on safe sleeping, such as laying a baby on its back and not to ‘co-sleep’ with the child.

Environmental factors like these, including incorrect blankets which cause overheating, were not the cause of the death, Dr Newbould added.

Detective Inspector Reid, of Rochdale Police, looked around the flat and was satisfied the parents had not been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

She said the child was ‘clearly thriving’ in a clean environment with ample food.

Assistant coroner Julie Robertson told the hearing: “The three-month-old girl had been well cared for and was thriving.

"She was found unresponsive and the doctor was due to see her the day after her passing for a three month vaccine.

“After a detailed investigation it is difficult to not find the cause of death and to for it to be an ‘open conclusion’.”

She told the parents: “We wanted to have answers to questions and it is clear that suspicious circumstances were not involved.

“We can’t imagine how difficult it is and I am sorry I cannot answers questions you are here for today.”

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