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North Bay mother dead, baby fighting for her life in hospital

Sudbury Star

A mother is dead and her baby is fighting for her life in Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Miranda Thornton was 26-years-old when her boyfriend, Brandon Minor, found her unresponsive Saturday. She was 38-weeks pregnant.

“Miranda had been getting unexplained seizures,” said Meagan Minor, the sister-in-law of Brandon.

“On Saturday Miranda went to have a nap and when Brandon went upstairs on check on her she wasn’t breathing.”

Minor said 911 was immediately called and paramedics were able to get her breathing again, however there was no brain function.

Thornton’s daughter, Rosie, was able to be delivered by emergency c-section and airlifted the CHEO in Ottawa.

Rosie, who was named after Brandon’s grandmother, remains in hospital with her grandmother at her side.

“We’re trying to stay strong for the kids. Brandon is at home with their 18-month-old son, Maxson, so he’s not confused why he doesn’t have either parent with him,” Minor said.

“It’s devastating to see and hear Maxson ask for “mom.” He’s just too young to understand.”

Despite physically being in North Bay, the family’s hearts and thoughts are in Ottawa.

“Rosie isn’t doing very well,” Minor said Monday night. “It’s not looking good, but there’s still hope, there’s always hope, so we’re holding onto that.”

Family and friends have started a GoFundMe page in support of Brandon and his children.

She said despite the tragedy, loss and the grief Brandon is enduring the rent still has to get paid, vehicle payments are due and the lights need to remain on.

“We’re also trying to set-up an education fund for the kids in memory of their mother. It will be something they can have to remind them of her.”

Meagan Minor said Brandon will be taking a leave from work while he tries to deal with this loss.

“Miranda and Brandon were together for more than four years,” she said. “It’s devastating, but we’re here to help him anyway we can.”

As of Tuesday afternoon almost $2,000 had been raised through the GoFundMe campaign. To donate visit

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