Tragic five-month-old baby dies after ‘cardiac arrest’ as man arrested

A man has been arrested following the tragic death of five-month-old baby who died of a reported cardiac arrest.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police told YorkshireLive that officers were called to a house in Intake, a suburb five miles south-east of Sheffield city centre, on Saturday, December 18, 2021, to reports of a baby in cardiac arrest.

The phone call had come from a member of the ambulance service who had attended the property and found the child, called Avery, gravely unwell.

She was then taken to hospital, where she tragically died.

A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with her death and has since been released on bail, while enquiries into what caused her death continue.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "Police were called at 9.54 am on Saturday, December 18 (2021) to a house in the Intake area of Sheffield following reports from the ambulance service that a baby was in cardiac arrest.

"The girl was taken to hospital where she sadly died.

"Enquiries into the incident remain ongoing and a 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail."

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Avery's devastated parents have paid tribute to their "gummy bear".

Her heartbroken mum and dad, who did not want to be named, said that she had been in good spirits the day she died, before she passed away unexpectedly.

Her mum, from Sheffield, told YorkshireLive: "She passed away, but the night before she wasn't poorly and she was the most giggliest baby ever; kicking her legs and smiling as she does."

The tot, who would have turned six-months-old on Thursday, January 13, was known to her adoring parents as "gummy bear", because she was always smiling and showing off her toothless grin.

The couple, who also have a two-year-old son, are now expecting their third child and Avery's mum said that her pregnancy has been helping with her grief and stress.

They are also planning Avery's funeral. "We've asked everyone to wear something pink and white, because we don't want a funeral to be dull with black and sadness, we want it to be beautiful and bright like she was," her mum said.

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