A NINE-week-old twin baby girl died after sleeping in her parents' bed, an inquest heard.
But the child's father angrily denied that there was any possibility of "overlaying" after the term was referred to by the paediatric pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination.
The inquest was told that Jessica Louise McGill-Martin was born 15 minutes before her sister Janet without any problems. She and her sister had both thrived and had no serious health problems.
Their mum Angela McGill said that on 23 September her brother and his partner had come to visit their home in Grasmere Close, Huncoat.
She said the twins spent most of the evening in their Moses baskets in the living room until she put them to bed because she was concerned about people smoking.
About 2am the twins were brought down to be fed and Jessica was seen to first.
Miss McGill said she was breast feeding but gave the girls formula milk because she had been drinking.
Shortly after she got both girls in bed Jessica woke up "as usual".
"As soon as everything was still and quiet Jessica would wake up," said Miss McGill. "Sometimes she wanted to feed but others she just wanted a cuddle."
Miss McGill took Jessica into her bed and played with her for a while.
"I can't recall falling asleep but clearly I did," she said.
As soon as she woke in the morning she realised something was wrong with Jessica who wasn't moving and had a small trickle of blood coming from her nose.
Dr Gauri Batra, a registrar paediatric histopathologist, said the cause of death was unascertained.
She said it was well known there was an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome where there was a history of sharing the bed with a parent, although the cause of this increase was unknown.
"One theory is that these sleeping arrangements may contribute to accidental airways obstruction," said Dr Batra. "There is nothing to suggest that in this case. I could find nothing to suggest this was the result of overlaying as it has historically been called."
Jessica's father Phillip Martin said overlaying should not have been brought up.
"There is absolutely no possibility of overlaying and if there is no evidence of it then it shouldn't be brought up," said Mr Martin.
The medical cause of death was unascertained and Coroner Michael Singleton recorded an open verdict