A GRIEVING dad has warned of the risk of cot death after his baby son was found dead in his mum's bed.
Paula Sillitoe, 33, from Neath, South Wales, usually put five-month-old Caleb to sleep in his cot, but that night decided she wanted a few more cuddles with her children.
A report, read out at the inquest at Swansea Civic Centre, described how Paula fell asleep, with Caleb and daughter Ebony still in the bed.
When she woke at around 5am, she went to Caleb's cot to check on him.
She panicked when she couldn't find him and went downstairs, before suddenly remembering that she had gone to sleep with him the night before, reports Wales Online.
It was then that she discovered Caleb, who had slipped down to the bottom of the bed, "not breathing" and "not moving".
A postmortem examination was unable to determine a cause of death.
Senior coroner, Colin Phillips, concluded that Caleb died due to sudden unexplained death in infancy.
After the inquest, Caleb's heartbroken father, Paul Price, who's separated from Paula, said: "There is a story that needs to be told. I may have lost Caleb but I hope this story can save other lives."
The inquest heard how Caleb, born three and a half weeks early on December 20, 2017, was a well-looked after baby.
He enjoyed a happy home life and a "loving caring family".
Paula returned from her birthday weekend away at Trecco Bay in Porthcawl with her two children on May 21, 2018, the day before Caleb died.
They arrived back at their home in Fairyland, Neath, at lunchtime, and she spent the afternoon and early evening catching up with friends.
Daughter Ebony played with friends on the trampoline. Caleb had been happily bouncing in his bouncer in the doorway.
Paula had a few cans of lager, but was not drunk and had cooked her older child steak for tea before bed.
She dressed Caleb in his Winnie-the-Pooh bodysuit and settled into bed for some cuddles.
When Ms Sillitoe woke and discovered Caleb in the early hours the next day, she immediately phoned her friend Rhian Jenkins, who lives only two doors down from the family.
When Ms Jenkins saw Caleb, she said he looked "lifeless" and she "knew he was dead".
Caleb was taken by paramedics to Morriston Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dr Bamber, who carried out the postmortem, said he was unable to find any evidence of suffocation.
Factors such as prematurity could increase the risks of sudden death, he said.
He told the inquest the cause of death was "unascertained".
Giving his narrative conclusion, coroner Colin Phillips described a "very painful set of circumstances" and said he was sure Caleb would be very sadly missed.
Caleb's dad Paul added: "Paula is one of the best mums I have seen in my life.
"We have all had children in bed with us because we love them.
"I called him 'tiger', his mum called him 'bubba'. Talking about it is the only way I can deal with it - something good has to come out of my son's death."
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