Gold Coast influencer and TikTok star Veruca Salt took her baby boy to hospital and later assured followers 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 pair were off on Cash’s ‘first trip to the hospital’ because ‘he hasn’t pooped in seven days’.
The 25-year-old cradled Cash in her arms as she fawned over the little boy in his blue jumpsuit adorned with sea animals, pelicans and lighthouses – unaware she was spending her final precious hours with him.
Veruca, whose real name is Kimberley Summer Hartley, shared the sad news on Instagram
After returning from hospital on Sunday, Veruca reassured fans that Cash was ‘fine’ in the comments of the video.
A fan of hers wrote in a comment that her children had the same problem as little Cash ‘because I was breastfeeding, and it was all natural’.
Veruca replied: ‘Yeah that’s why I’m not super panicked bc he’s actually fine, I just wanted to check.’
Hours later, her little boy died.
The video has since been flooded with tributes.
‘It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing this. My baby died in his sleep on Monday morning,’ Veruca told her 285,000 followers.
‘I don’t know what happened, he is having an autopsy this week but it is unlikely that I’ll ever have an answer.
‘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.’
TikTok star Veruca Salt, 25, revealed her newborn baby boy Cash had died on Monday
Queensland Police said initial inquiries indicate the death was not suspicious.
‘At the moment, it’s still under investigation and we’re awaiting autopsy results,’ Gold Coast police superintendent Craig Hanlon said.
‘It’s obviously a tragic situation and our hearts go out to the mother and the family.’
Police confirmed they were called to a unit in Southport around 6.13am on Monday.
Veruca gave birth to her son, Cash Harrison Stirling, on December 19 and confirmed the news with her followers in an Instagram post.
‘My perfect gorgeous angel baby,’ she wrote alongside footage of his birth.
Veruca has since shared dozens of moments from her first six weeks with Cash, which she described as ‘experiencing the purest form of love’.
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 most recent videos, with many expressing their shock at her baby’s sudden death.
The Instagram star first announced her pregnancy in June by sharing a photo of herself with a cake with blue in the centre.
In September, Veruca revealed she had recently moved into a share house on the Gold Coast after returning from a stint 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-years-old.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Veruca for further comment.
Veruca said her son Cash died ‘in his sleep’ on Monday morning on her Instagram Stories
In September, Veruca (pictured) returned from London and moved into a Gold Coast unit