Further tests needed following Padiham four-month-old baby's death

INQUIRY Mum Georgina with Layla-Mai O’Malley-Shearer

INQUIRY Mum Georgina with Layla-Mai O’Malley-Shearer

First published in Health Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FURTHER medical tests have been ordered to try to find the cause of the sudden death of a four-month-old baby girl.

Layla-Mai O’Malley-Shearer, who was born on October 5 last year, was with her mother Georgina O’Malley and father Andrew Shearer at around 10.35am on Saturday when it was realised all was not well with the infant.

An inquest was been opened yesterday to establish the circumstances of the tragedy.

A report read to Burnley coroner Richard Taylor said that the baby had been found lifeless by Mr Shearer on the settee at Miss O’Malley’s home on Russell Terrace, Padiham.

Emergency services were called immediately and Layla-Mai was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital but nothing could be done to save her.

A specialist paediatric pathologist, Dr Stephani Bitetti, from The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital undertook an initial post-mortem examination.

He has requested further medical tests in an attempt to establish the cause of death.

Speaking on Tuesday, friends of Layla-Mai’s family said she had previously been ‘happy and healthy’.

Georgina’s friend Sophie Duckworth, 19, described her as “a normal, sweet, beautiful and happy little girl” and said “the whole situation is heartbreaking”.

She added that family and friends were planning to hold a fundraising event in memory of the youngster, to be held at Koko’s in Burnley on Sunday.

A target of £4,000 to £5,000 has been set, with the money going towards a memorial headstone and a donation to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome charities.

Burnley funeral directors Alderson and Horan said their services as undertakers will be given free of charge to the family.

Staff at the Koko’s have already promised to give the venue for free and donate their wages for the evening.

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6:45pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

Chris Gee which family friend did you speak to ?
At least the picture used this time is of Layla. Your reporting is pathetic and at a time like this can really upset families.
Chris Gee which family friend did you speak to ? At least the picture used this time is of Layla. Your reporting is pathetic and at a time like this can really upset families. Layla's Grandad
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6:54pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

Chris Gee which family friend did you speak to ?
At least the picture used this time is of Layla unlike it was in your paper edition. Your reporting is pathetic and inaccurate, at a time like this can really upset families. I hope you enjoy the paycheque you get for writing this.
Chris Gee which family friend did you speak to ? At least the picture used this time is of Layla unlike it was in your paper edition. Your reporting is pathetic and inaccurate, at a time like this can really upset families. I hope you enjoy the paycheque you get for writing this. Layla's Grandad
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7:04pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

I don't know why I bothered commenting because you don't care what effect your shoddy 'reporting' does.
And yes i'm still waiting for a reply off any of the staff from the Lancashire Telegraph.
I don't know why I bothered commenting because you don't care what effect your shoddy 'reporting' does. And yes i'm still waiting for a reply off any of the staff from the Lancashire Telegraph. Layla's Grandad
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7:09pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

Why not do some reporting on the property agency that insists that a grieving family empties a property within a week of an babies death. Silly me you wouldn't do that because you make money from such agencies.
Heartless the lot of you.
Why not do some reporting on the property agency that insists that a grieving family empties a property within a week of an babies death. Silly me you wouldn't do that because you make money from such agencies. Heartless the lot of you. Layla's Grandad
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7:35pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

By the way you have you asked anyone if you could use any of the photos that you have used ?
Still waiting on a reply......
By the way you have you asked anyone if you could use any of the photos that you have used ? Still waiting on a reply...... Layla's Grandad
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10:41pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Fire Fly says...

Whilst I have so much sympathy for the parents & family of this beautiful baby...I personally have found both articles concerning Layla-Mai's death...somewhat tasteless.

I understand that every parent would want a wonderful funeral for a baby....but going to the LET, which is an attempt to increase donations...sorry if I seem insensitive, but it came across as tasteless. There is a recession on and people can't afford to live, to be asked to contribute to a funeral that can clearly not be afforded by the family....thats not really appropriate.

Someone connected with this whole charity event went to the telegraph, perhaps dont blame the reporter but look much closer to home.

Have the funeral you can afford because its how Layla Mai is remembered on the day...its not the casket or pomp n ceremony, its the love that comes from the family that counts & clearly you all have so much.

RIP little one & I hope her family find peace soon x
Whilst I have so much sympathy for the parents & family of this beautiful baby...I personally have found both articles concerning Layla-Mai's death...somewhat tasteless. I understand that every parent would want a wonderful funeral for a baby....but going to the LET, which is an attempt to increase donations...sorry if I seem insensitive, but it came across as tasteless. There is a recession on and people can't afford to live, to be asked to contribute to a funeral that can clearly not be afforded by the family....thats not really appropriate. Someone connected with this whole charity event went to the telegraph, perhaps dont blame the reporter but look much closer to home. Have the funeral you can afford because its how Layla Mai is remembered on the day...its not the casket or pomp n ceremony, its the love that comes from the family that counts & clearly you all have so much. RIP little one & I hope her family find peace soon x Fire Fly
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10:48pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

No-one from the family contacted the Telegraph. They rang we declined to comment.
The fund raising was the idea of friends of Georgina not family members.
No-one from the family contacted the Telegraph. They rang we declined to comment. The fund raising was the idea of friends of Georgina not family members. Layla's Grandad
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10:56pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Fire Fly says...

They had too many details about the charity event...someone has spoken to them...i'm very sorry to say.
This is a truly heartbreaking time for you all & to feel your being betrayed must be agony!
They had too many details about the charity event...someone has spoken to them...i'm very sorry to say. This is a truly heartbreaking time for you all & to feel your being betrayed must be agony! Fire Fly
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11:07pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

As said above no family member contacted the Telegraph. Read the burnley express's report.
As said above no family member contacted the Telegraph. Read the burnley express's report. Layla's Grandad
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11:35pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

Fire Fly why is it clear the family can't afford the funeral ?
The fund raiser was the idea of friends of the parents as something they could do to show that they care. As most of those that will be youngster they should be praised, not for the money they raise but for the selflessness and thoughtfulness which much of this country think youngster these days don't possess
Fire Fly why is it clear the family can't afford the funeral ? The fund raiser was the idea of friends of the parents as something they could do to show that they care. As most of those that will be youngster they should be praised, not for the money they raise but for the selflessness and thoughtfulness which much of this country think youngster these days don't possess Layla's Grandad
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2:02am Sat 25 Feb 12

mr williams says...

R.I.P, our heartfelt sympathy to the family.
R.I.P, our heartfelt sympathy to the family. mr williams
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11:31am Sat 25 Feb 12

willybob says...

RIP beautiful baby girl x
Heartfelt sympathy to all the family x
RIP beautiful baby girl x Heartfelt sympathy to all the family x willybob
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11:53am Sat 25 Feb 12

Fire Fly says...

The article I initially read stated that the fund raiser was to pay for a £4000-5000 funeral...it now says the money raised will go to charity.

...this the LET, I really should have known better!
The article I initially read stated that the fund raiser was to pay for a £4000-5000 funeral...it now says the money raised will go to charity. ...this the LET, I really should have known better! Fire Fly
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12:51am Sun 26 Feb 12

Layla's Grandad says...

Just a red top without money. If they don't know they will make it up, instead of checking they will just print it anyway it doesn't matter as it's only a grieving family that it will upset. I don't mean about the fund raiser which is a side story but the actual facts of the tragedy. Local papers are meant to be the ones that care, not in the case of this rag.
Just a red top without money. If they don't know they will make it up, instead of checking they will just print it anyway it doesn't matter as it's only a grieving family that it will upset. I don't mean about the fund raiser which is a side story but the actual facts of the tragedy. Local papers are meant to be the ones that care, not in the case of this rag. Layla's Grandad
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2:47am Sun 26 Feb 12

nice person says...

Layla's Grandad wrote:
Just a red top without money. If they don't know they will make it up, instead of checking they will just print it anyway it doesn't matter as it's only a grieving family that it will upset. I don't mean about the fund raiser which is a side story but the actual facts of the tragedy. Local papers are meant to be the ones that care, not in the case of this rag.
I am so sorry for your loss...
[quote][p][bold]Layla's Grandad[/bold] wrote: Just a red top without money. If they don't know they will make it up, instead of checking they will just print it anyway it doesn't matter as it's only a grieving family that it will upset. I don't mean about the fund raiser which is a side story but the actual facts of the tragedy. Local papers are meant to be the ones that care, not in the case of this rag.[/p][/quote]I am so sorry for your loss... nice person
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3:10pm Mon 27 Feb 12

david w says...

with the events on sunday was by freinds of the mother so what has this got to do with you fire fly so just let the family try and get on with their life in this sad time so do one please and the paper dont care about anythings as long as they sell their paper ok thanks little one r.i.p
with the events on sunday was by freinds of the mother so what has this got to do with you fire fly so just let the family try and get on with their life in this sad time so do one please and the paper dont care about anythings as long as they sell their paper ok thanks little one r.i.p david w
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3:17pm Mon 27 Feb 12

david w says...

with the events on sunday was by freinds of the mother so what has this got to do with you fire fly so just let the family try and get on with their life in this sad time so do one please and the paper dont care about anythings as long as they sell their paper ok thanks little one r.i.p
with the events on sunday was by freinds of the mother so what has this got to do with you fire fly so just let the family try and get on with their life in this sad time so do one please and the paper dont care about anythings as long as they sell their paper ok thanks little one r.i.p david w
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