A 32-year-old mother in England passed away 14 hours after her baby boy died while co-sleeping with her.
Viktorija Mardosiene called emergency services on Aug. 9 of last year after finding her 5-month-old son Kevin Deguitas cold and not breathing, StokeonTrentLive reported.
The baby was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Viktorija soon after checked herself into a mental health facility and informed staff members at the facility that she was grieving the death of her baby.
At some point, she went into cardiac arrest and collapsed.
Viktorija was rushed to the Royal Stoke Hospital, where she died, the International Business Times reported.
An investigation surround the mother and baby’s death was launched. Police officer Tyler Lowe testified that Viktorija told authorities that she “had taken the baby to bed, sleeping,” at 11 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2022.
Detective Constable Craig Flowers of the Staffordshire Police’s child protection unit added that the family’s house was found in “some state of disarray” the night in question and also confirmed that the mother was sleeping in a double bed.
Viktorija’s alcohol level was found to be 40mg/ml, which is over the drunk driving limit of 35, that night.
“There had been concerns about domestic issues in the past. There was a history of contact between emergency services and the couple,” the detective constable added.
Consultant pediatric pathologist Dr. Roger Malcomson said the post-mortem examination on baby Kevin showed he had “no significant internal or external injuries” and had been “adequately nourished.”