South Africa, Durban – KwaZulu Natal police have opened an inquest after a sleeping 6-month-old was found dead in his cot on Monday.
According to police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala, it is alleged a baby was sleeping in the cot when the curtain, used to protect the infant from being bitten by mosquitoes, wrapped around his face and body.
Gwala said the baby was declared dead at the scene and the circumstances surrounding the incident were being investigated.
Prem Balram, director of Reaction Unit SA, said they responded to the scene just before noon on Monday.
He said the child was unresponsive after being assessed.
Balram said it is alleged that the cot where the child had been sleeping was covered with a mosquito curtain to avoid the infant being bitten by mosquitoes.
“According to the father he fell asleep and when he returned to check on the baby he found the curtain wrapped around his neck. The child was unresponsive and cyanosed.”