'Children's hospital staff member' arrested on suspicion of fatally poisoning baby

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Birmingham Children's Hospital which was visited today by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
A worker at Birmingham Children's Hospital has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning a baby. (PA)

A health worker at Birmingham Children's Hospital has been arrested on suspicion of fatally poisoning a baby.

West Midlands Police said the 27-year-old woman was arrested last Thursday, hours after the infant's death.

The suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life.

According to The Sun, the suspect is a nurse.

She has been suspended by the hospital and released by police as they await results of forensic tests.

Birmingham Children's Hospital which was visited today by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
She has been released pending further investigations. (PA)

A police statement said: “We’ve 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.”

A spokesperson for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 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 after 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 during this process.”

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