People.com Human Interest Mom Accidentally Suffocates 4-Month-Old Son by Collapsing on Him After Fatal Heart Attack The Arizona mother and son were found dead by the child's father, police said By Rachel DeSantis Rachel DeSantis Instagram Twitter Rachel DeSantis is a writer/reporter covering music at PEOPLE. She has held various roles since joining the brand in 2019, and was previously a member of the human interest team. As a music writer, Rachel interviews everyone from rock-and-roll legends to up-and-coming stars for magazine feature stories and digital news stories. Rachel is based in New York City, and previously worked as an entertainment reporter at the New York Daily News after getting her start as an Entertainment Weekly intern. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 4, 2020 11:06 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty A mother who suffered an apparent heart attack fell atop her infant son on Saturday, suffocating him in an incident police are calling a “very, very tragic thing.” Larinique Meadows, 38, was with her 4-month-old son Denari at their home in Arizona when she experienced what police believe was “some sort of heart condition [or] heart episode,” Detective Greg Bacon of the Tempe Police Department said at a press conference streamed by KNXV. Bacon said Meadows was actively researching symptoms of chest pains on her phone when the incident occurred, after which she died and fell on top of her son. “It’s very, very sad, and we mourn for that family,” he said. “Our officers also, it’s a very difficult time for them.” Meadows and Denari were found dead by the child’s father around 5 p.m. when he woke up to go to work. RELATED VIDEO: After a Heart Attack at Age 26, This Woman Lost 217 Lbs.: ‘Now I Have a New Story’ “Dad, who’s a very hard-working man, he works nights, dad had gotten home from working the previous evening, went to sleep, and when he woke up he found that mom was on top of Denari,” Bacon said. “We believe it was around 11 o’clock that morning, he had gone out and run some errands, came home and went to sleep.” Desperate Search for Fla. Baby After Dad Suspected of Killing Child’s Mom, 2 Relatives Kills Himself The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death for both Meadows and Denari, though police believe the child suffocated. 911 was not called, and police are unsure if any attempt to call was made, Bacon said.