Toddler's bed death: Police interview man, 35, under caution and appeal for anyone with concerns to contact them

POLICE say they have interviewed a man under caution after the death of a seven-month-old baby in North Yorkshire.

Playtime Beds of Sheffield issued a safety warning stating that its made-to-measure beds “could lead to risks to children such as asphyxiation or strangulation, falling, entrapment or crushing”.

Children’s cots, twin beds, bunk beds, cabin beds, high sleeper beds and triple and quadruple beds are covered by the warning.

Sheffield trading standards officials and police have been alerted and one mother said her daughter is now having to sleep on the floor.A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said on Wednesday: “North Yorkshire Police is investigating the sudden death of a seven-month-old baby who died on 3 November 2016 at a property in Melrosegate, York.

“Detectives are currently running a joint investigation with South Yorkshire Trading Standards involving a company called Playtimebeds UK Ltd.

“A 35-year-old man from Rotherham has been interviewed under caution and is assisting police with their ongoing enquiries.”

Craig Williams and Playtime Beds, which has been supplying beds since 2011, has stopped trading.

The 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.”

Mr 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.

Police are appealing to customers of Playtimebeds UK Ltd who may have safety concerns or a child has suffered an injury in relation to a purchased bed to contact the York Serious Crime team by email at or call the dedicated inquiry number 01609-643642.

“Please note this number is not manned but please leave a message and someone will get back to you. Please quote reference 12160199607,” the spokesman said.

“If you have concerns about any other brand of bed please contact your local Trading Standards office.”  

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