Family shattered over baby’s sudden death
POLICE have confirmed a 13-month-old boy who died in tragic circumstances was in a bathtub before his death, as they await an autopsy report into the fatality.
The infant, Makavelii Leoni, had been in the bathtub prior to going into cardiac arrest and police and paramedics were called on Monday about 9am.
But it is not yet clear if he drowned in the bathtub, if he died of a febrile seizure, or some other cause.
It is understood the baby had been left in the care of a large extended family of friends who share the house at the Sunrise St address in White Rock, south of Cairns.
Paramedics worked frantically to revive the infant and he was raced to Cairns Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
Far North Detective Acting Inspector Rob Campbell told how witnesses and family of the 13-month-old were "clearly distraught".
"It's very difficult whenever there is the death of a little baby,'' he said. "It's difficult to fathom at any time."
He said the death was being investigated because "there can be so many mitigating causes of death" of a 13-month-old baby.
It was a serious and complex investigation but no charges had yet been laid, Det Insp Cambell said.
"There are a lot of unknowns,'' he said. "It is a very difficult situation."
Young mum Lina Marie Daley, who also has an older son Ky-mani Leoni, 4, has publicly posted a scrapbook of her two beloved boys on Facebook.
It shows them happy, smiling, playing with friends.
But Ms Daley, who was in her early teens when she had her first child to ex-partner Brendan Leoni, also details a tumultuous domestic relationship and her struggle to feed, clothe and house her children.
Family friends described Ms Daley as a "delightful, sweet young mum".