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Aussie influencer's six-week-old baby dies: 'I don't know what happened'

The social media personality, who boasts 300,000 followers on Instagram and 700,000 on TikTok, posted daily videos to followers showcasing her new life as a mum.

An Aussie influencer has revealed her heartbreak after awaking early on Monday morning to find her six-week-old baby boy had "died in his sleep".

TikTok personality Veruca Salt, 25, whose real name is Kimberley Summer Hartley, posted to social media earlier this week to alert people over the tragic death of her infant son, Cash Harrison Stirling. "It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing this," the Gold Coast woman wrote on an Instagram story.

"My baby died in his sleep on Monday morning. I don’t know what happened, he is having an autopsy this week but it is unlikely that I’ll ever have an answer.

Social media personality Veruca Salt with son Cash.
Social media personality Veruca Salt, whose legal name is Kimberley Summer Hartley, revealed the tragic death of six-week-old son, Cash. Source: TikTok

"I’m just saying this because people are still commenting on my TikToks saying how happy I look with him and 'just wait for the toddler stage' and stuff and I [really] can’t take it anymore. I’m really sorry."

Queensland influencer documented all stages of baby's life

The social media personality, who boasts over 300,000 followers on Instagram and over 700,000 on TikTok, posted daily videos to followers showcasing her new life as a mum. Hartley is also a popular OnlyFans model, where she similarly has hundreds of thousands of likes.

The 25-year-old shared everything to fans about her new life with Cash, from his "traumatic birth" to his "first trip to the hospital" and "experiencing the purest form of love".

Social media personality Veruca Salt with son Cash.
Salt posted daily videos with Cash. Source: TikTok

Initial indications suggest death not suspicious

Queensland Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious, confirming that officers attended a Southport unit, north of Surfers Paradise, just before 6.15am on Monday, February 5.

Gold Coast Police Superintendent Craig Hanlon described the situation as "obviously tragic".

“At the moment, it’s still under investigation and we’re awaiting autopsy results,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin. “It’s obviously a tragic situation and our hearts go out to the mother and the family.”

Hartley gave birth to Cash on December 19, documenting the joyous day to fans.

Earlier this week, Hartley told fans that Cash had been suffering from constipation, a condition he was hospitalised for, though is not uncommon in babies. The mum said Cash "hadn't pooped in seven days".

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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