Mys­tery re­mains over what claimed the life of Kelsie-Jo

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to come to their home on North­way Gar­dens.

The baby was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospi­tal in Hal­i­fax but sadly could not be saved.

A post-mortem by con­sul­tant pae­di­atric pathol­o­gist Dr Kerry Turner from Leeds Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals found no ev­i­dence that cosleep­ing with her par­ents was the cause of Kelsie-Jo’s death.

She also found no ev­i­dence of suf­fo­ca­tion or heart prob­lems.

Ex­ten­sive tests also failed to find any other health is­sues, in­fec­tion, poi­son­ing or chro­mo­some de­fects.

The court heard Kelsie-Jo was born at the Bronte Birth Cen­tre at Dews­bury Hospi­tal and was a healthy weight.

The baby had some am­ni­otic fluid in her lungs, but Dr Turner said this wasn’t sig­nif­i­cant enough to have caused her death.

Dr Turner said she could not ex­clude an elec­tri­cal heart rhythm is­sue but it was im­pos­si­ble to prove.

She said in 40%-60% of young in­fant deaths, a cause of death was never es­tab­lished.

Se­nior coro­ner, Martin Flem­ing, said: “Just be­cause a child trag­i­cally died while co-sleep­ing, it doesn’t mean it played a part in her death.”

He added: “With­out any ques­tion, baby Kelsie-Jo was a much loved baby, who was well cared for by a dot­ing mother and fa­ther.

“We’ll never know what caused her to pass away but it’s not for the want of do­ing our very best to find out.”

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