A HEARTBROKEN couple have paid tribute to their “perfect” baby boy after her choked to death at a nursery.
Zoey and Lewis Steeper said that their nine-month-old baby Oliver was “the best baby you could ever have wished for” and was “just perfect”.
Oliver Steeper died six days after choking while at nursery[/caption]
Oliver died of a heart attack, six days after choking on food at Jelly Beans Day Nursery in Ashford, Kent in September 2021.
Tragic photos show him in his hospital bed on life support.
His parents have now been told by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that criminal charges will not be pursued against the nursery, which closed permanently after the horror.
However, Zoey, 32, and Lewis, 37, have asked for that decision to be reviewed.
They posted a statement to the Oliver Steeper Foundation website, saying: “Whilst the initial investigation concluded that the nursery’s policies and procedures were ‘of poor quality and inconsistent’ no accountability for our son’s tragic and avoidable death will prevail at this moment in time.
“We are hugely disappointed and shocked at the initial decision, but we are far from deterred.
“We have now instructed specialist solicitors Leigh Day, who have lodged our appeal with the Crown Prosecution Service.
“We will leave no stone unturned as we feel that many key aspects of what happened on that day have been missed or ignored by the CPS.”
They added that they were also disappointed by Ofsted’s handling of the case.