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Baby suffocated to death by her teddy bear

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Mother of 18-month-old daughter Connie Rose who was suffocated in her sleep under a large teddy bear, is now warning parents of the danger of soft toys.

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According to 23-year-old Dexy Leigh Walsh, from Dundee whose daughter died in her sleep on March 6, said she stuffed the side of her daughter’s bed with teddy bears to prevent her from falling between the mattress and the wall – something she now describes as her “biggest regret in life.”

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The grieving mother who launched an online campaign, the Connie Rose Awareness Facebook page, in a bid to warn other parents of the dangers of leaving cuddly toys in children’s beds overnight, narrated the incident on Facebook.

She wrote;

“On the 6th March 8.01am 2018 my life changed, I woke up to get my oldest ready for school to find my youngest baby had passed away. I have been blaming myself as she passed away due to suffocation as I had packed down the side of her bed with teddy’s and placed a big one on top of the smaller teddy’s to stop her from falling down the side of her bed, and she did exactly that but as it was all teddy bear she went under the massive teddy and fell asleep with the angels, all I think about now is what if I just left it empty she would still be here maybe with just a small bump on her head. It’s all what ifs now. But i want every parent to see and be aware of this. Let them fall don’t try to stuff small places up with soft things just leave it empty.

She had a bed guard at one side and the smallest gap from her wall to her bed and that’s where I had put her teddy bear, my biggest regret in life. Please move everything off your kids bed and away from the sides. My oldest daughter used to have her bed covered in cushions teddy’s had princess drapes the lot, they don’t need anything on their bed but a cover a pillow isn’t even needed. I really hope my little princesses tragic story can save someone else babies life.

I miss you Connie so much life is so unfair at time. I’m so glad a proud you were my little girl you made me who I am today and now I’m even stronger for your big sister Thankyou for being the most perfect and loveable baby. Your smile can make anyone come from a really dull place to happy in seconds. Mum Murray and Dior love you lots and miss you so much baby! Everyone in the family is broken 💔💖 I hope you are having fun princess. Sleep tight baby”.

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