Nurse, 27, is arrested after infant was ‘poisoned’ and died at children’s hospital in Birmingham
A children’s hospital nurse has been arrested after allegedly poisoning one of her young patients, who tragically died.
The 27-year-old woman was apprehended at home on Thursday, just hours after the infant’s death at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The woman was detained by police on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life, The Sun reports.
Her arrest has reportedly sent ‘shockwaves’ around the hospital and she has been suspended from duty.
A 27-year-old nurse was arrested at home on Thursday, just hours after an infant’s death at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
The woman was detained by police on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life
A West Midlands Police spokesman 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 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 Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust runs the hospital, which is one of the top paediatric centres in the country and cares for 90,000 children each year.
The woman’s arrest has reportedly sent ‘shockwaves’ around Birmingham Children’s Hospital and she has been suspended from duty
A trust spokesman said: ‘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.
‘The staff member involved has been suspended by the trust following the national process on the sudden unexpected death of a child.
‘We are supporting the infant’s family at this distressing time and ask that privacy is respected in this process.’