Grieving dad who "blamed himself" over stillborn son found dead in river as girlfriend pays tribute to "perfect man"

A grieving dad who was struggling to cope with the loss of his stillborn son has been found dead.

Shaun Hume’s body was identified by his wrist tattoo which showed baby Kaylem’s tiny hand resting on his finger with a set of angel wings.

The troubled 25-year-old, whose body was found in the River Wansbeck in Northumberland, blamed himself for Kaylem’s death, according to his devastated partner.

But Lynsey Miller, 29, says her “perfect man” will now be a “brilliant dad in heaven”.

She told GazetteLive how 15 weeks into her pregnancy she went into hospital after she started to bleed and was told that her baby’s heart had stopped beating.

“Shaun blamed himself because I had carried four other children and they were all fine. So he thought it was down to him,” Lynsey recalled as she wiped away tears.

Shaun Hume, 25, with partner Lynsey Miller
(Photo: Chronicle Live)
Shaun's body was identified by his tattoo
Shaun’s body was identified by his tattoo
(Photo: Chronicle Live)

“We delivered our baby at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Shaun was by my side at the birth. It was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do.

“We named him Kaylem Shaun Hume – after Shaun. We met him when they brought him to us in a lovely little cot. He looked like Shaun, he had the same nose and face.

“We took a picture of Kaylem’s little hand resting on Shaun’s finger and Shaun had that tattooed on his wrist. And that is how they identified Shaun when they found him, no one else would have a tattoo like that.”

Shaun’s body was spotted floating in the water in Stakeford. Witnesses called the police who confirmed the death at the scene and an inquest has since been opened and adjourned.

Shaun, who had a son from a previous relationship, treated Lynsey’s four children Bailey, 10, Taylor, nine, Lillie-Rose, five and Kacie, three, as his own.

Shaun treated Lynsey's other four children like they were his own
Shaun treated Lynsey’s other four children like they were his own
(Photo: Chronicle Live)
Shaun Hume, 25, was a doting dad
Shaun Hume, 25, was a doting dad
(Photo: Chronicle Live)

Although he suffered from mental health difficulties the couple had lots to look forward to and even planned to get married.

“We were best of friends and we did everything together,” Lynsey said. “He suffered with his mental health and I thought he was pulling through.

“He said he was going to ask me to marry him when I least expected it. Shaun was my soulmate and my perfect man.”

A funeral date has yet to be set but a card drawn by Taylor, Shaun’s necklace, and pictures of Kaylem and his nan who died in 2015 will be included in his coffin.

“I’m using the same funeral director we used for Kaylem and the same crematorium,” Lynsey added.

“I know they will be together right now, he’ll be a brilliant dad in heaven to Kaylem.”

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