Family's harrowing plea after toddler daughter suffocated to death under her teddy bear

Connie Rose was just 18 months old when she found by her mum Dexy Leigh Walsh, 24, a year ago this month.

The toddler had suffocated under a large cuddly teddy bear which had been stuffed down the side of her bed at her home in Dundee to stop her from falling.

At the time, her mum warned other parents taking to social media to write: "Please move everything off your kid’s bed and away from the sides."

Now the family have issued a fresh appeal to mark the first anniversary of Connie’s death.

They hope to raise awareness about the dangers of putting young kids to sleep with soft toys, according to the Daily Record.

Connie’s gran Vicky Walsh said at a family gathering: “This is a very sad time for us.

“We have gathered as a family to celebrate the life of Connie Rose. We also want to use the occasion to highlight the campaign.

“If this can save the life of one other child, then Connie Rose won’t have died in vain.”

We used to call her our Bonnie Connie. She was a wee soul with a big character. We miss her dreadfully

She added: “We used to call her our Bonnie Connie. She was a wee soul with a big character. We miss her dreadfully.”

Connie’s mum discovered her child on the morning of March 6, last year.

Dexy Leigh wrote on social media at the time: "I have been blaming myself as she passed away due to suffocation as I had packed down the side of her bed with teddies and placed a big one on top of the smaller teddies to stop her from falling down the side of her bed, and she did exactly that but as it was all teddy bears she went under the massive teddy and fell asleep with the angels.

"All I think about now is what if I just left it empty she would still be here maybe with just a small bump on her head. It’s all what ifs now.

"I miss you Connie so much. Life is so unfair at times. I’m so glad and proud you were my little girl. You made me who I am today and now I’m even stronger for your big sister.

"Thank you for being the most perfect and lovable baby. Your smile can make anyone come from a really dull place to happy in seconds.

"Mum, Murray and Dior love you lots and miss you so much baby!

A SLEEPING GUIDE: Medical advice on the best way to put your child to sleep

Parents are advised to place their baby on their back to sleep for the very beginning of both day and night sleeps.

This has been found to reduce the risk of cot death.

It's not as safe for babies to sleep on their side or tummy as on their back. Healthy babies placed on their backs are less likely to choke.

If a baby has rolled onto their stomachs, their parents are advised to turn them onto their back again.

Once your baby is old enough to roll over, there's no need to worry if they turn onto their tummy or side while sleeping.

*According to the NHS


"Everyone in the family is broken. I hope you are having fun princess. Sleep tight baby."

Vicky said this week: “We've had people approach us and say as soon as they read about Connie Rose they made sure they removed toys from their child’s bed.

“That’s all we can ask for, that some good comes out of our tragedy.”

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