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  • 15 May 2014, 1:27

Mother Arrested Over Newborn Baby's Death

A mother has been arrested at home over the unexplained death of a newborn baby girl.

The 38-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of overlaying - a term used when a child suffocates after a person lies on them in bed.

No other adults were thought to be in the property in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at the time of the death.

Paramedics responding to a "medical emergency" were sent to the home and took the newborn, believed to be a few weeks' old, to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We sent a rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew, ambulance officer and the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

"One patient, a baby, was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital by land ambulance in a life threatening condition."

Mothers are advised not to sleep in the same bed as their baby if he or she is less than six months old, according to the Baby Centre, a website devoted to parenting.

It warns co-sleeping can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, commonly known as cot death.

And it says parents should never share a bed with their baby if they smoke, have been drinking alcohol, taken medication or drugs, or if the baby is premature or has a low birth weight.

The website also warns parents not to co-sleep with their child if they are very tired or have a sleeping disorder.

A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: "We are currently investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the baby's death."