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Inquest held for tragic Halesowen tot Alfie
5:15pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
THE tragic death of a one-year-old boy from Halesowen was caused by a “nasty chest infection”, an inquest heard.
Alfie William Brown of Bloomfield Street North died suddenly while on holiday in Tenerife on December 28 last year.
His mother Stephanie Ballantine told the inquest at Dudley Coroners Court that her son had shown no signs of illness.
She said: “I put him to bed and found him the next morning. When he went to bed there was nothing wrong with him, he had been in the pool all day enjoying his holiday.”
A postmortem showed that Alfie had bronchitis with bronchial pneumonia, which pathologist Philip Cox said was “quite a nasty chest infection that came on very quickly and was very widespread”.
Dr Cox told the inquest that tests had not identified the cause of the infection.
Black Country Coroner Robin Balmain recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.
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