Birmingham Children’s Hospital: Child dies ‘after being poisoned’

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A nurse has been arrested on suspicion of “administering poison” after the death of a child.

The 27-year-old was arrested at Birmingham Children’s Hospital hours after the tragedy on Thursday.

She was also suspended after detectives arrested her for allegedly administering poison to endanger life.

A source told The Sun the arrest sent “shock waves” through the hospital.

West Midlands Police said: “We have arrested a 27-year-old woman in connection with the death of a child.

“Unfortunately, the child passed away in hospital on Thursday.

“The woman was arrested on Thursday night at a property in the West Midlands region on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life.

“She has been released while the investigation continues and the results of the forensic tests are examined.

“The child’s family is being supported by specially trained officials.”

In a statement, the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “Following the death of an infant in our pediatric intensive care unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we have asked West Midlands Police to investigate what happened, in line with our own safeguards policy.

“The employee concerned has been suspended by the Trust under the national procedure for the sudden unexpected death of a child.

“We support the infant’s family at this difficult time and ask that privacy be respected in this process.”

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