Sheffield bed firm under investigation after death of baby

A warning on the website of Sheffield firm Playtime Beds after the death of a seven-month-old baby.
A warning on the website of Sheffield firm Playtime Beds after the death of a seven-month-old baby.
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Police are investigating a Sheffield bed manufacturer after the death of a seven-month-old baby.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman appealed for customers of Playtime Beds to come forward after the incident, which happened at a house in Melrosegate, York, on November 3.

The Sheffield firm - which has since stopped trading - put out a warning that its made-to-measure beds 'could lead to risks to children such as asphyxiation or strangulation, falling, entrapment or crushing'.

Sheffield trading standards officials have been alerted and one mother said her daughter is now having to sleep on the floor.

The North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "We are investigating the sudden death of a seven-month-old at a property in Melrosegate, York.

"Police would appeal to customers of Playtime Beds that if they have ever had any safety concerns or a child has suffered an injury as a result of the design of the bed, then please contact us."

The Playtime Beds safety warning advised customers that 'until such time that they are able to determine which bed and extras you purchased, you stop using the bed immediately either for sleep or play, and ensure that children in particular do not climb, sleep in it or play in or on it'.

One customer, Lisa Marelli, described herself as 'feeling confused' by the situation after paying hundreds of pounds for a bespoke princess castle bed.

She wrote on Facebook: "As you can imagine the first thing is to not let me little girl anywhere near the bed as her safety comes first. Then Anger!! as we are all left not knowing what the problem is and with this huge bed not been used.My little girl is now left on her mattress on the floor and is heartbroken."

Craig Williams traded as Playtime Beds using Facebook and eBay from about 2011.

Products have been supplied by PlayTime Beds Ltd since the company was formed in March last year.

Sheffield trading standards officials said anyone worried about their beds should call the Citizens Advice Bureau on 03454 040506

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