A mother accidentally suffocated her newborn after she suddenly died while breastfeeding in bed.
It is believed that 30-year-old Mariana Ojeda, who suffered from severe hypertension, lost consciousness and rolled onto her daughter after a rise in blood pressure.
The woman’s husband, Gabriel, found her dead in bed when he returned to her home in Corrientes, Argentina.
An autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death, but preliminary investigation has shown no evidence of violence.
Ms. Ojeda had three children and her eldest daughter was visiting her grandmother when she died.
Family members worried and called her when she did not pick up her daughter from her grandmother’s house and did not answer the phone.
Mr. Ojeda, who was at work, called his wife repeatedly until his three-year-old son finally answered the phone and said, “Mom is still asleep”.
According to the Telecinco news site, Gabriel knew something was wrong and immediately went home, only to find his wife and two-month-old daughter dead in bed.
The NHS states that high blood pressure “has rarely noticeable symptoms,” but a person’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke can be increased if left untreated.
It is believed that the mother, who suffered from severe hypertension, went into shock and died, and the girl she was breastfeeding at the time suffocated.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, can be fatal in the long run as it can often lead to a stroke or heart attack.
The investigation continues.