A mum has told of her heartbreak after she put her “perfectly fine and happy” toddler to bed and found him dead the next morning.
Kayleigh Leonard, 24, went into her two-year-old son Arlo’s bedroom to find she could not wake the unresponsive toddler.
Grief-stricken Kayleigh said no pain “will ever come close” to that moment on the morning of August 6 and she doesn’t know how she will carry on without him, she told the Liverpool Echo.
Kayleigh, from Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, said in a tribute to her son: “If I could be with you now I would and I don’t know how I’m going to carry on without you.”
She also said: “No pain will ever come close to the pain of losing you my Arlo, you are my absolute world and I love you more than life baby boy.
“No parent should ever put their baby to bed and them not wake up.
“Mummy and daddy are heartbroken and lost for words.
“Forever my baby, my angel Arlo forever.”
An inquest into Arlo’s death has not yet taken place.
Kayleigh described him as the “most special loving little angel in the world”.
She said: “You taught me what true love was baby boy and I’m so lucky to have loved you and lost you, than never loved you at all.
“I will love you forever.
“I would do anything to have another day with you. The most special loving little angel in the world, love you more than you’ll ever know my gorgeous boy.”
His family has asked mourners to wear something blue at his funeral and to donate to Alder Hey bereavement centre in Liverpool.
Kayleigh and her partner Sean have set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for Alder Hey children’s bereavement centre and the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) foundation.
The page has already surpassed its £1,000 target with more than 60 donations from well wishers in just four hours
The mum wrote on the JustGiving page: “On the 06.08.19 at 8:30am I went into my two-year-old’s bedroom to check on him, to then find he had sadly passed away.
“He went to bed perfectly fine and happy, he was not sick and did not have any health problems.
“No parent should ever go through the pain of losing a child.
“Alder Hey bereavement center is a charity run organisation and have been amazing, we would not have gotten through it without them.
“Arlo was the happiest, most loving little boy and any donations in his memory will be split between the bereavement centre and SUDC (sudden unexpected death in children).”