EastEnders: Mums call cot death storyline “ridiculous” and “distressing”

Mums who’ve lost their babies to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) have branded EastEnders cot death storyline as “ridiculous” and “distressing” and have started several Facebook groups to express their anger at the plotline.

As viewers will no doubt be aware, on New Year’s Eve, Ronnie (Samantha Womack) will find her newborn baby James dead in his cot, and will ‘swap’ him for Kat’s baby Tommy.

The Sun reports that Ailsa Hichens, whose nine-month-old daughter Martha died last New Year’s Eve, said, “This ‘twist’ is ludicrous – and hurtful.

“People who watch it could look at mothers who have lost a child and think that they would snatch their baby. It’s distressing.”

And on one of the Facebook groups established to complain about the plotline, Julie Ann Harris says it will “undoubtedly upset parents and families who have suffered this loss”.

In response to anger about the plotline, EastEnders bosses decided to cut some of the more traumatic scenes, and they’ve also “toned down” the cries we’ll hear from Kat’s baby, Tommy.

An EastEnders insider said, “Bosses are keen to assure viewers that they’re not portraying Ronnie’s behaviour as typical of bereaved mothers.

“Regular viewers know she’s lost two children before this tragedy with James. She acts in a state of grief and shock.”

What do you think? Is this storyline just for the shock value, or will it genuinely reflect the agonies parents endure when their infant dies of SIDS?

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