A TWO-year-old girl tragically died after being strangled by a blind cord in her bedroom when she went for an afternoon nap, an inquest has heard.
An inquest into Macy Fletcher’s death heard she was found upright but unresponsive next to the window by her mother on January 9 when she went to check on her.
The blind cord was wrapped around her neck, Rochdale Coroner’s Court was told.
Macy’s mother Karoline Craig untangled her before ringing 999.
Paramedics rushed the child to hospital, but she could not be saved.
Macy’s family have launched a Parliamentary petition, calling for looped cords on blinds to be banned. More than 500 people have already pledged their support.
The coroner who dealt with the tragic case is to write to the government to highlight dozens of similar deaths in the last 20 years.
Macy’s loved ones, many of whom wore t-shirts with her adorable face at the inquest, sobbed as harrowing details of the accident were played out in court.
The tot had been to nursery in the morning before going for lunch.
Macy then went upstairs to play and have a nap, as usual, while her mum was cleaning.
Karoline said her daughter enjoyed looking out of her bedroom window and often messed with the panels of the blind, so she removed them just leaving the runner and the cord.
Macy had such an infectious smile and her giggle well that would have you laughing with her
Macy's mum Karoline Craig
When Karoline went upstairs to check on Macy, she realised “something very tragic had happened”, she told the court.
Macy was pronounced dead after arriving at Royal Oldham Hospital shortly after 3pm.
The fact Macy was tall for her age and that she was stood on a mattress on the floor – put there in case she fell out of bed – meant the cord was within her reach, the court heard.
DI Lindsay Booth, who carried out an investigation into the death, ruled out third party involvement citing stats from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) which show there have been 30 deaths related to blind chords in the UK since 1999, with many of the accidents involving old ‘looped’ chords relating to children.
Regulations were brought in 2014 meaning all blinds sold and installed must have the cords attached to the wall; have a chain break feature; or a wand-style device to open and close them.
The landlord of the property, on Oldham Road in Royton, Greater Manchester, said the blinds had been fitted by a local firm when he bought it in December 2010.
They hadn’t been re-fitted as the landlord wasn’t aware they needed to be.
He said the property was checked before Miss Craig was given the keys in December 2016 and that the blinds were ‘fully functional and in good working order’ as far as he was aware.
Assistant coroner Julie Robertson recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Speaking after the hearing, Karoline paid tribute to her ‘happy smiley little girl who melted everyone’s hearts’.
Karoline said: “Macy had such an infectious smile and her giggle well that would have you laughing with her.
“What has happened in this tragic accident, we as a family are still trying to come to terms with.
“Macy will be forever missed and always in our hearts. Our hearts are all left with a massive hole but Macy will always be in our thoughts.
“She is deeply missed and loved by all her family. Macy will always be our precious little angel.
“We as a family appreciate people’s support, but would now like to be left alone to grieve and process what has happened.”
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The coroner said she would compile a report and write to the housing minister and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents about the need for a regulatory body for landlords, to keep them up to date with the latest health and safety advice and regulation details..
The family’s petition can be viewed and signed here.
To donate to a Just Giving fund launched to help Macy’s family, click here.
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