AN inquest has heard how a 'beautiful' four-month-old baby girl suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jessamy Tavimba Funeka Muswere-Enagbonma died at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital four days later.

Opening an inquest into Jessamy’s death, assistant coroner Stephen Teasdale heard how a post mortem examination revealed the baby had died from brain damage caused by a cardiac arrest while sleeping in a prone position on a sofa.

A police investigation concluded there were no suspicious circumstances.

Senior police coroner’s officer Marchela Hogan told Mr Teasdale how Jessamy had been born in Bolton on September 21 last year and lived with her family in Capitol Close, Barrow Bridge.

Ms Hogan added: “On Sunday, January 19, Jessamy was at home with her family when she was put down for a nap.

“Later that evening one of her siblings raised the alarm that Jessamy was bleeding from her nose.

"Family members then found that Jessamy was unresponsive.”

The baby was rushed to hospital and underwent numerous tests, being kept on a life support machine for several days until it was turned off on January 23.

“Life was pronounced extinct by doctors at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital,” said Ms Hogan.

Jessamy’s family were not at the inquest opening and Mr Teasdale ordered that evidence be produced from all witnesses before the next hearing on July 3 when a date for a full inquest will be set.

Jessamy’s funeral was in February when her family, devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, were able to pay tribute to her with a memorial service following a private burial.

The baby was the youngest of seven children, with older brothers Jeffrey, Jeremy, Jerome and Jezreel, and sisters Jenaya and Jemima.

Their parents Pauline, 35, and Charles, 46, have previously spoken about their precious youngest daughter.

“Her life was too short. She was the last of seven and they are all broken,” said Pauline.

“We had no warning that this was going to happen - she just went to sleep and never woke up.

“We will miss her smile and her cuddles.

“I would like her siblings to remember the four beautiful months that she gave us. She beautified our world in those four months.”