‘Why did our happy baby die’ ask stunned parents

Baby Connor with mum Kelly.
Baby Connor with mum Kelly.

A HEARTBROKEN dad has told how he found his sunny baby son dead in bed by his side, in a tragic mystery.

Daniel Lax found baby Connor Beech dead at their home on Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh, just before 6am on May 27 – at the age of just five months.

Devastated Daniel, 26, said: “My other son, Jordan, woke me up and I went to see if Kelly, my partner, wanted a drink.

“I glanced at Connor to see if he was still asleep. I saw straight away that his colour wasn’t right. His face was drained.

“He wasn’t breathing.. yet he looked so peaceful.”

Daniel explained: “Connor always slept in our bed... all our children have. He never used to settle in his cot”.

Daniel and Kelly, 20, told how Connor – their third child – weighed just 4lb 4oz when he was born.

Kelly said they were assured he had no health problems despite his low birthweight but they were told to make sure he kept warm at all times.

Daniel stayed home from work to give Kelly support with Connor, along with Jordan, four, and Ellie, two.

They were “extra-protective” of their tiny boy, said his mum.

Connor – who weighed 11lb 14 oz at his last check – had started teething a few days before his death, said the couple.

Connor had also been given his final MMR jab on May 17.

Kelly said: “We were concerned about him after the jab because his legs swelled up and he wasn’t right.

“I rang the doctor’s and they told me to ring the emergency line if I needed help.

“But then he settled and went to sleep and his legs went down. The same had happened with my other two children so it didn’t worry me too much. He seemed OK after that.”

She said: “Losing Connor is the very worst thing that has ever happened to either of us. He was doing brilliantly and was an absolutely beautiful baby.

“Ellie keeps asking about ‘Conseypie’ which was a pet name for him, but she’s too young to understand.

“Jordan was there when we found Connor so he saw all the panic and the rushing round... we told him the truth and he seems to be coping well.”

Tests are ongoing at Sheffield Children’s Hospital to try to establish the cause of his death. An inquest was opened and adjourned at Doncaster on June 2.

His funeral service – to which friends and family are invited – will take place at 11.15am on June 14, at St Mary’s Parish Church, Rawmarsh, followed by cremation at Herringthorpe.

Kelly said: “It was important to us to go to church. We are choosing special songs, including Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Aerosmith’s Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.

“We miss Connor so much, we just loved him to bits. We’re only keeping going because of the other two.”

Daniel said: “We don’t know if we’ll ever find out why he’s died. We’ve been told it could be ‘sudden infant death syndrome’.

“I thought at first it must be linked to the MMR jab, but it might not be the case. This happens and you look for something to blame.

“The night before he died, Connor had been given his bottle and went to sleep as usual. Nothing seemed wrong.”

“We know the doctors are trying to find answers for us.”