SIX-month-old baby boy Christopher Rambahan was smothered while being breast-fed by his mother on Sunday, an autopsy found yesterday.
Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov said the child’s mouth and nose were obstructed while his mother nursed him.
Alexandrov concluded the child died of positional asphyxia as a result of acute oxygen deprivation.
The 24-year-old mother, of Perseverance Road, Chaguanas, sought help from officers of Chaguanas Police Station around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday, when she discovered her child lifeless in her arms.
Police officers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and when paramedics arrived the infant and mother were taken to the Chaguanas District Health Centre.
However, efforts to resuscitate the baby proved futile.
Police said the baby, who was clad in a red and white jumper and wearing diapers, bore no marks of violence.
Alexandrov said the mother told him she fell asleep while she breast-fed the child, and when she awoke the child was not responding.
The pathologist said the mother told him the child’s mouth was on her nipple and his nose was pressed against her breast.
Police have classified the death as accidental. —Susan Mohammed