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Parents Whose Tot Died Thanks To A Folding Cot Have Received Compensation

The parents of a seven-week-old baby have been given compensation from manufacturers and the National Childbirth Trust after their daughter died on the edge of her folding cot.

Grace Roseman was found dead in inside her fancy crib after she became caught on the edge of the cot, which had retractable sides.

The tot was unable to free herself from the 7cm lip and tragically died on the morning of April 9 2015 and was discovered by her mum Esther Roseman.

The cot with retractable sides

During an inquest in December Bednest had tried to blame her two-year-old sister by claiming the toddler had potentially dragged Grace onto the top of the rail of the £199 cot and caused her death.

Coroner Penelope Schofield recorded a conclusion of accidental death after the three-day inquest and said she was “very, very concerned about the number of cots still out there in circulation”.

Ms Schofield, who said there was no evidence that two-year-old Pearl was involved, said: “I cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like to lose a child let alone in these circumstances.

“I would like to thank you for dignity that you have shown throughout this investigation and the inquest hearing.

“It must have been particularly harrowing for you to be faced with the suggestion by Bednest experts over the possible involvement of your daughter Pearl in Grace’s death.

“I do find this unpalatable, particularly as there was no evidence on which to base this proposition.

“I am still not convinced that the company has truly accepted that there was and is a risk of death with the Bednest crib.”

Little Grace had been unable to free her neck and she died of asphyxia before being discovered by 39-year-old Esther.

After Grace’s death Consumer Product Safety Advice had tested the cot and concluded it had failed to comply with even the most “basic” product safety regulations.

Anna Meech, who told the inquest of the test, carried out by Jon Trinci, said: “He said it failed to comply with basic product safety regulations.

“As a result of that, we contacted Bednest and sent them the report and requested that they take action.

“We asked them to come back to us with what action they were taking, and at that point they said they were already looking at changing the labelling, but they fundamentally disagreed with the report from Mr Trinci.”

Bednest declined a full recall of the product and instead offered a ‘modification kit’ – two screws and a small screwdriver – enabling users to prevent the side of the cot from being folded, the feature which led to Grace’s death.

During the three day hearing expert witnesses including Peter Fleming, professor of infant health and developmental physiology at Bristol University.

He said: “I felt that using the Bednest cot with the side half-down potentially exposed babies to a significant hazard.”

Describing the moment she found her daughter’s body Esther said: “I found Grace with her head hanging over the side, facing upwards.

“Her head was on the side which was half-folded.

“She was purple in colour. It was obvious she had been there some time – there was no sign of any life.

“I started screaming, ‘Grace is dead’.”

In a statement Bednest said: “We take on board all the coroner’s comments following the inquest and apologise for the distress caused to the Rosemans.

“We will implement all the coroner’s advice.”

The Roseman family, from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, received an undisclosed sum.

In a statement, the National Childbirth Trust said: “Both NCT and Bednest as organisations unreservedly apologise for their respective parts in the tragic death of Grace Roseman and have reached a settlement on a confidential basis with the Roseman family.

“NCT and Bednest would like to make it clear that no blame should be attached to any member of Grace’s family in relation to this tragic incident.”

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