Ronnie Mitchell steals Kat's baby
EastEnders' Ronnie Mitchell will steal Kat Moon's baby minutes after she loses her newborn to cot death in a harrowing New Year's Eve storyline
EastEnders' Ronnie Mitchell will steal Kat Moon's baby in a harrowing New Year's Eve storyline.
The nightclub owner -played by Samantha Womack - storms into the Queen Vic pub crying for help just minutes after realising she has lost her tot to cot death.
However, as she stands at the bar clutching her dead baby's body among the punters celebrating the countdown to 2011 she hears new mum Kat (Jessie Wallace)'s newborn cry upstairs.
In one of the soap's most heart-wrenching scenes, Ronnie rushes to the bedroom and swaps the babies before fleeing into the night.
Executive producer Bryan Kirkwood explained: "Viewers will know that Ronnie has had a difficult past, losing both her daughter and father in the last couple of years When Ronnie loses the one thing she's always wanted she acts on impulse in a moment of sheer desperation.
"We're lucky to have two wonderful actresses who understand the need to portray this subject sensitively."
BBC bosses are hoping the devastating storyline will raise awareness of the 300 babies whose lives are claimed by cot death every year.
Joyce Epstein, of cot death charity FSID, said: "We are very grateful for their accurate depiction of the devastating effect the sudden death of an infant can have on a family."