Healthy baby boy dies suddenly after being put to bed

A baby boy was put to his bed “as normal” by his parents, who woke up to the heartache that the tot had passed away during the night. Nicola Stanyon said her “really healthy” son Raphaël Labrousse-Stanyon went to bed as usual at their family home, but she and her partner woke up to the horror that he had died.

Parents Nicola and Xavier Labrousse have no answers as to what might have caused their beloved son’s death on May 31. Post-mortem results have come back inconclusive, with investigations ongoing with the coroner.

Nicola said: “He was 22 months old. He was a gorgeous little boy, really energetic and really healthy. He had a great relationship with his (older) brother and six-week old sister. He threw himself into anything and everything.

“I’ve never known a child smile so much. He was so happy. He’d fall over and bang his head and he would get up and smile, he was so happy. His big brother was his best friend and partner in crime. And he loved cuddles with his little sister.

“He loved dinosaurs, he was obsessed with them and he loved eating cake, he loved going the café and he loved singing and dancing. We’ve had a lot of support, especially from Alder Hey, they’ve been brilliant, the Snowdrops team have been great.”

Rapahael leaves behind big brother Lionel and, little sister Eleonore. Nicola said: “It’s only just happened so we know so little. He is so missed by us and his family. We miss who you were and who you were going to be.”