THE death of a tiny baby remains a mystery after an inquest could find no identifiable cause.
Stanley Nicholas Bury died at his home in Norman Road, Oswaldtwistle, on New Year’s Day at just 15 days old.
The inquest heard how he had fallen asleep in his father Nick’s arms.
Nick drifted off to sleep on the settee and woke to find Stanley unconscious.
He and the baby’s mother Joanne immediately called paramedics and Stanley was rushed to hospital, where he died peacefully with his parents at his bedside.
A post-mortem examination was carried out at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital by pathologist Dr Gauri Batral.
Dr Batral told the Blackburn inquest: "I carried out several special investigations to determine the cause of death but these revealed no cause."
She added there was no evidence to suggest Stanley suffered from any breathing obstructions before he died.
Nor were there any symptoms relating to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Coroner Karen Singleton told Stanley’s distraught parents: "The fact that you are here at all is tragic.
"Unfortunately, despite advances in medical science, there are still sometimes unknown causes of death.
"Anything that anyone can say to you is meaningless. I am aware that the fact medicine has been unable to say what has caused Stanley’s death is also very upsetting."
A verdict of natural causes was recorded.