Unwell baby died of natural causes

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AN INQUEST has been held into the death of a two-month-old baby.

Dexter Strickland was born in September last year by emergency caesarean section and suffered from severe heart problems.

He was transferred to Southampton General Hospital paediatric intensive care unit where he underwent surgery, including a blood transfusion.

He was eventually allowed home to be cared for by his parents, Jonathan and Sarah Strickland, at their home in Maynard Place, Waterlooville, where he slept in a moses basket next to their bed.

At Portsmouth Coroners’ Court yesterday Det Con Ian Berry explained how, on November 7, the couple noticed their son was making a panting noise but because he had a hole in his heart it was not unusual.

The next morning Mrs Strickland woke to find her son was cold and his arm was floppy. They called paramedics and attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but he died at Queen Alexandra Hospital a short while later.

A post-mortem found Dexter suffered overwhelming Group B streptococcal infection.

Coroner David Horsley recorded a verdict that Dexter died due to natural causes.