October 25, 2021

Woman who didn’t know she was pregnant accidentally killed her baby as she collapsed on her after giving birth in a bathroom

A young mother accidentally killed her baby when she collapsed on her after giving birth in the bathroom, an inquest heard.

‘Desperate’ Lisa Blagden, 20, passed out through loss of blood as she gave birth to Ivory Rose in her family home.

When she came round and realised what had happened, she desperately tried to revive her baby girl but there was sadly nothing left to do.

Miss Blagden, who had been unaware she was pregnant, panicked and wrapped her baby in a towel before hiding her in a nearby bush which used to be her ‘safe space’ when she was bullied as a child.

A court earlier this year heard how police also interviewed the baby’s father, an unnamed 50 year old, who had “no interest in the baby’s birth or death,” and who had “groomed” Miss Blagden.

Miss Blagden walked free after a district judge decided she was “blameless” despite pleading guilty to concealing the baby’s death.

A coroner said on Wednesday despite her shock at giving birth Miss Blagden had demonstrated a ‘strong nurturing instinct as a mother’ in the moments before she collapsed with tragic consequences.

The inquest in Portsmouth, Hants, heard Miss Blagden picked up and cuddled her newborn daughter before resting her on the floor to clean her up and to tend to the bath she had started to run for herself before she unexpectedly gave birth.

Senior coroner for Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton Christopher Wilkinson said: “She fell when her newborn child was resting on the floor and the result of that was, a few minutes later when she came round, she found her child underneath her.

“Ivory Rose came about her death as a result of, in effect, suffocation or lack of respiratory ability after her mother sadly collapsed on top of her.

“That was entirely unexpected, entirely unintentional and it was a desperate, tragic end to a very short life which I know has had a significant effect of her mother and wider family.”

The coroner said the fact Miss Blagden picked up and cuddled her child showed she had a strong nurturing instinct as a mother.

He said: “She immediately went to calm her [baby], cuddle her and warm her which gives an impression of a strong, instinctive, nurturing and protective nature as a mother.

“There is no suggestion she projected ill will onto the child.”

He added that Miss Blagden, from Portsmouth, found herself in a ‘desperate’ situation and was ‘fearful’ of what would happen to her.

He said: “Given what appears to be a traumatic and sad sequence of events, it is understandable that Lisa found herself in a desperate situation. She was desperate and fearful of what would happen.”

The inquest heard Miss Blagden feared the consequences she would face from the authorities as a result of her daughter’s death.

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