Toddler found cuddled up to his mother's body 24 hours after she died in car
Published 02/04/2015 | 12:24
A toddler was discovered cuddled up to his dead mother’s body in her car, almost 24 hours after she is believed to have died.
The young boy spent the entire day alone in the parked car with his pregnant mother after she died suddenly at the wheel.
Primary school teacher Alina Roberts (33) collapsed while returning from a trip to a pet farm with her son Benjamin (2) in the back seat, media outlets report.
Alina’s husband raised the alarm when the pair had failed to return home from their day out at the farm.
Police eventually discovered the parked car at the side of a residential street in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, almost 24 hours after the woman is believed to have passed away.
Her son Benjamin had removed himself from his car seat and cuddled up to his mother.
Police believe Alina, who was 22 weeks pregnant, suddenly fell ill in the driver’s seat around three miles from home.
A coroner's investigation has been launched, but police say they have ruled out suspicious circumstances or the possibility of suicide.
Mr Roberts said: "It's completely devastating to know she won't be able to see Benjamin growing up and what should have been our bigger family.
"I will miss living our lives together and sharing those experiences with her."
He said he was meant to accompany his wife and son to the farm that day but changed his mind at the last minute.
"I was supposed to go with them but at the last moment I said I would stay and do some tidying up,” he said.
"We had a kiss and a cuddle when they left. After about an hour, I sent her a text message asking if they were having fun.
"It was about 3.30pm when she replied to say she was coming back in 10 minutes.
"After a while, I tried phoning her but it went straight to answer phone. Eventually, I went out in the car and drove the route I thought she would have taken but I couldn't find her."
The couple had been married for nine months.