Gold Coast influencer and TikTok star Veruca Salt took her baby boy to hospital and later assured her followers that her baby was “fine” – just hours before the newborn tragically died.
Veruca, whose real name is Kimberley Summer Hartley, revealed on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday that six-week-old Cash had “died in his sleep” on Monday morning, sparking an outpouring of tributes.
On Sunday, Veruca revealed in a TikTok video that the couple were on Cash's “first trip to the hospital” because “he hasn't done anything in seven days.”
The 25-year-old cradled Cash in her arms as she cuddled the little boy in his blue jumpsuit decorated with sea creatures, pelicans and lighthouses – unaware that she would be spending her last precious hours with him.
Veruca, whose real name is Kimberley Summer Hartley, shared the sad news on Instagram
After returning from the hospital on Sunday, Veruca assured fans in the comments of the video that Cash was “fine.”
A fan of hers wrote in a comment that her children had the same problem as little Cash “because I breastfed and it was natural.”
Veruca replied, “Yeah, that's why I'm not particularly panicked because he's actually fine, I just wanted to check.”
Hours later, her little boy died.
The video has since been flooded with tributes and condolences.
“It is with a heavy heart that I write this.” “My baby died in his sleep on Monday morning,” Veruca told her 285,000 followers on Tuesday.
“I don't know what happened, he has an autopsy this week, but it's unlikely I'll ever get an answer.”
“I'm only saying this because people still comment on my TikToks and say how happy I look with him and 'just wait until the toddler stage' and stuff, and I really can't take it anymore.” I'm really sorry. '
TikTok star Veruca Salt, 25, announced Monday that her newborn son Cash had died
Queensland Police said initial investigations indicated the death was not suspicious.
“At the moment it is still under investigation and we are awaiting the results of the autopsy,” Gold Coast Superintendent Craig Hanlon said.
“It is obviously a tragic situation and our condolences go out to the mother and the family.”
Police confirmed they were called to a unit in Southport at around 6.13am on Monday.
Veruca gave birth to her son Cash Harrison Stirling on December 19 and confirmed the news to her followers in an Instagram post.
“My perfect, beautiful angel baby,” she wrote alongside footage of his birth.
Since then, Veruca has shared dozens of moments from her first six weeks with Cash, which she described as “experiencing the purest form of love.”
Another video posted a day before Sunday's hospital visit shows Veruca cooing over Cash and showing off another one of his cute outfits.
Veruca first announced her pregnancy in June by sharing a photo of a white and blue cake
Fans have left hundreds of comments on Veruca's latest videos, with many expressing their dismay at her baby's sudden death.
The Instagram star first announced her pregnancy in June by sharing a photo of herself holding a cake with a blue center in the middle.
In September, Veruca revealed that she had recently moved into a shared apartment on the Gold Coast after returning from a stay in London.
The social media and OnlyFans star was born in New Zealand but has lived in Australia since she was three years old.
She has been a sex worker since she was 18.
Chron Australia has contacted Veruca for further comment.
Veruca said on her Instagram Stories that her son Cash died “in his sleep” on Monday morning
In September, Veruca (pictured) returned from London and moved to a unit on the Gold Coast