Unexplained death of perfect baby

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An open verdict into the death of a ‘perfect’ baby boy was recorded by the coroner at Northampton General Hospital on Wednesday

Baby Alfie-Junior Johnston was just 41 days old when he died at his home at Middleton Road, Daventry, on August 7, last year. Father Ross Johnston, of Starmer’s Row Weedon, said: “Alfie had been put to bed in his moses basket as usual and when I woke up in the morning I thought it was strange that he hadn’t woken up. When I saw him I knew there was something wrong straight away.

“When I went over to him he was cold to touch and his arm was stiff. I could see he wasn’t breathing and I knew he had gone.”

Mr Johnston called to Ms Georgie Bushnell, Alfie’s mother, to call an ambulance while he massaged Alfie’s chest but when paramedics arrived they were unable to resuscitate him.

Ms Bushnell said in a statement: “At 2am Alfie had woken up crying for a feed, he seemed as alert as normal and I put him on the pillow next to us to sleep.”

The next thing Ms Bushnell knew was her partner was telling her to call for help.

She said: “I was so shocked, I couldn’t believe what had happened and the doctors were unable to tell us how he had died.”

Mr Johnston said: “Alfie was a good little boy, happy and content and perfect in every way. He didn’t have any illnesses and was doing everything a baby should do.”