Birmingham Children’s Hospital nurse, 27, arrested in poisoning death of child
A nurse, 27, has been arrested in connection with the unexpected death of a child at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Her employer last night confirmed the health worker had been suspended from her job. She is understood to have been arrested on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life.
An investigation was launched after hospital staff contacted police following the child’s death, the suspect was arrested later that evening at a home in the West Midlands. She has been released while investigations continue.
In a statement, West Midlands Police said: “We have arrested a 27-year-old woman in connection with the death of an infant.
“The child sadly passed away on Thursday at the hospital.
“The woman was arrested on Thursday evening at a property in the West Midlands area on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life.
“She has been released while the investigation continues and the results of forensic tests are examined.
“The family of the child are being supported by specially-trained officers.”
Birmingham Children’s Hospital nurse suspended
A spokesperson for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said it was “supporting the infant’s family at this distressing time and ask that privacy is respected during this process”.
“Following the death of an infant at our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we have asked West Midlands Police to examine what has happened, in line with our own safeguarding policy,” it added.
“The staff member involved has been suspended by the trust following the national process on the sudden unexpected death of a child.”
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading centre for specialist paediatric care and treats children and young people up to the age of 16.
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