Infant girl killed after pet cat fell asleep on her face

A baby girl was suffocated to death in Ukraine after the family’s pet cat fell asleep on her face while she was napping in her pram.

9-month-old was napping inside her pram in her 22-year-old mother Snezhana’s house in a village outside of Kiev. The pram was in the backyard while the mother was finishing her chores.

At some point, one of the family’s two pet cats apparently climbed inside the pram. The cat sat on top of the sleeping baby’s face and dozed off. When the mother came to check on Alexandra, she found the baby’s face buried under the cat’s body.

When the mother tried to wake the baby up, she realised Alexandra was not breathing.

The mother then called for paramedics who tried for 40 minutes to resuscitate the baby. However, the baby had been clinically dead even before they arrived.

Police have not charged the mother with negligence.

This is not the first time that a baby has been killed by a pet cat.

In December 2000, a six-week-old baby died in Kingsteignton, Devon after the family cat fell asleep on the baby. In similar incident, a month-old infant died in Zlatoust, Russia.

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