A three-year-old girl was killed when a 32-inch television fell on her head, an inquest heard yesterday.
The set fell on Amber Vaughan while her parents Kevin, aged 48, and Nikki, aged 39, were in bed at their h ome in Barnwood, Gloucester.
Amber was upstairs in the spare room playing with her twin sister Ellie on the morning of January 4, this year, when the giant TV toppled over from a chest of drawers and crushed the child.
Mr Vaughan, a prison officer, told the Cirencester inquest that he had been enjoying a lie-in when he heard a "loud thump" from the room and went to investigate.
"I saw Amber on the floor," he said, as he read his statement to the court.
"Her head was on the carpet with the side of the television set on her slightly.
"There was no reason why the television set would fall. It had been there for two years. I saw blood coming out of her ears and she started coughing up blood."
He added: "The ambulance came at about the time I was trying to keep her alive but I knew it was a serious head injury."
Amber died a short time later in hospital. The accident happened on the couple's seventh wedding anniversary. It was also Mrs Vaughan's birthday.
A post mortem examination found the youngster had suffered a fractured skull and died as a result of an impact compression injury to the head.
Gloucester coroner Alan Crickmore recorded a verdict of accidental death.