Toddler death enquiry concludes
IT won't bring little Jayden Lynch back, but the findings of a coronial inquest into the three-year-old's death may help bring some closure to Jayden's parents, Ty and Cindi Lynch.
NSW deputy state coroner Scott Mitchell conducted the inquiry which investigated Jayden's death at Clarence Family Day Care in Wattle Drive, Yamba, on December 15, 2008.
He described Jayden as “a real treasure ... and a person who should not have died so young and one from whose passing there are lessons to be learned”.
Dr Kasinathan Nadesan, who conducted the autopsy, gave evidence that he found congestion of the brain consistent with asphyxia and a large volume of inhaled stomach contents in the airways and deep in the lungs.
He said Jayden's unconsciousness could probably be explained by a seizure, of which he had a history.
Mr Mitchell quoted from a letter from Jayden's parents which described him as a “vivacious, funny, intelligent, affectionate child who absolutely loved life. He lit up any room he entered and instantly made people smile. He loved to laugh and receive and give cuddles”.
The inquiry was told that Jayden was conceived after five cycles of IVF treatment and was his parents' “miracle baby”.
Mr Mitchell was critical of the day care operator who denied receiving instructions from Jayden's mother about how to deal with his seizures.
He said Mrs Lynch was “punctilious, not to say obsessive, about those matters”.
On the afternoon Jayden died, he and the other children at the centre were settled down for a sleep.
When his carer went to wake him, she noticed Jayden's lips were blue and he was not breathing.
Mr Mitchell was scathing of Clarence Family Day Care and said: “In large part it was lack of a proper procedure which led to failure regarding Jayden and . . . there will be further failures unless Clarence Family Day Care and other licensees develop and adhere to proper procedures”.