Mayfield parents mourning baby’s sudden death

Briana Boling hugs her husband, David Kayse

MAYFIELD, KY — Mayfield police say an autopsy could not determine how an 8-month-old boy died over the weekend. Monday, the child’s mother told Local 6 her account of what happened.

Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent says the state medical examiner in Madisonville found “no evidence of trauma” on the baby during the preliminary autopsy. Investigators are now waiting for toxicology and histology results to determine a possible cause of death. Toxicology tests will look for any harmful substances the baby could have been affected by, and histology tests look at tissue samples.

The baby’s name was Jacob.

Photo courtesy: Briana Boling and David Kayse

His mother, Briana Boling said she and her husband, David Kayse, took Jacob to visit his grandmother Friday afternoon. They returned to their home at Mayfield Garden Apartments at about noon Saturday. Boling said their son appeared fine and was cheerful.

Boling said they put Jacob to bed sometime around 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. Saturday.

“I told him, I said, ‘You ready to go to bed?’ And he would smile at me, and he would shake his head, ‘No.’ And I was like, ‘Well, you’re getting a little grouchy.’ And so I told him, ‘Well, mommy loves you. Momma’s gonna put you to bed.’ And we rocked him to sleep,” Boling recalled.

Boling told Local 6 she and her husband checked on Jacob several times before they went to bed at midnight, and he seemed to be sleeping normally. Boling said her husband woke up at around 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday and checked on Jacob once again, and he still looked “perfectly fine.”

Photo courtesy: Briana Boling and David Kayse

But when the couple woke up at about 11 a.m. Sunday, Jacob was not breathing, Boling said. Her husband then tried to revive their baby.

“He had grabbed him and, was trying to wake him up to see if he was just passed out. But then, we saw that his bottom half was already blue and his lips were blue,” said Boling. “When I saw, when he put him on the floor and tried doing CPR, all I did was look at him, his lifeless body, and started crying.”

Boling said Jacob suffered from a respiratory virus a long time ago. But she said she’s not aware of any other health issues, so she’s baffled by his sudden death.

“We just feel empty. We don’t know what to think, what to do about the situation,” Boling said. “We just, sometimes, we feel like we just want to isolate ourselves and just be by ourselves and think about it, go over what happened, and try to somehow make us feel a little bit better.”

Jacob was Boling and Kayse’s only child.

Photo courtesy: Briana Boling and David Kayse

“I’ve miscarried twins and a baby, and he was the only living one I’ve had,” said Boling. “It’s gonna probably be a long, long time until we try to have another one, so we can mourn and not forget him, but at least be able to bring another one in without crying and whatnot. So, it’s probably going to be years before we can actually try again.”

Boling said she plans to make a memorial in her home to honor her late son.

“He was always cheerful. He would smile at everybody. He had a favorite stuffed animal. It was a unicorn. He would always chew on it, play with it, toss it around,” said Boling. “We know that he’s in a good place now and probably happy up there. He was a good kid.”

Mayfield police say the case remains under investigation. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is assisting.

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