The BBC has now received almost 6,000 complaints about EastEnders‘ controversial baby swap storyline, it has been confirmed.
Earlier this week, the BBC had received 3,400 over the soap’s New Year storyline, which saw the newborn son of Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) die of cot death.
Ronnie was then seen swapping him with baby Tommy, the son of Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace).
The news comes as the The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID), released a statement insisting it had no involvement in the ‘baby-swap’ storyline.
The charity admitted it had ‘advised’ on the cot death aspect of the plot – but stated it “in no way” endorsed Ronnie Mitchell’s actions.
The charity said: “FSID has received several complaints and comments from bereaved parents about the ‘baby-swap’ story on Eastenders.
“We are very sorry to know of the very natural distress caused by this plotline but would like to stress that our involvement was limited to advice on SIDS risk factors, bereavement and the involvement of health professionals and the police.
“We primarily advised on the likely emotional reaction of the Moon family to the sudden and unexpected death of their baby.
FSID put out the statement amid continuing reports that it had been consulted on the entire storyline.
It said: “The behaviour and actions of Ronnie Mitchell are in no way ‘endorsed’ by FSID as a typical, or even likely, reaction of a bereaved parent.”