A nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been arrested after a child died. The nurse was arrested on suspicion of having “administered poison with intent to endanger her life”.
The 27-year-old has been freed by West Midlands Police while investigations continue. She was also suspended from her role at the hospital, which is run by the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson told The Sun: “We have arrested a 27-year-old woman in connection with the death of an infant. The child sadly died in hospital on Thursday.
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“The woman was arrested on Thursday evening at a property in the West Midlands on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger her life. She has been released while the investigation continues and forensic test results are reviewed.
“The child’s family is supported by specially trained officers.”
The NHS trust told the publication: “Following the death of an infant in our pediatric intensive care unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we have asked West Midlands Police to look into what happened. passed, in accordance with our own backup policy.
“The staff member involved has been suspended by the trust following the national Sudden Unexpected Death of a Child process.
“We support the infant’s family at this distressing time and ask that privacy be respected in this process.”