Daycare tragedy: 6-month-old girl dies from injuries at Ghent crèche in Belgium

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In Belgium, a six-month-old girl who was fatally injured on Wednesday in the daycare centre in the Ghent has died from her injuries.

Despite receiving multiple complaints from individuals and poor marks during inspections, the Ghent crèche was still open. According to the reports, the tragedy was confirmed by the East Flanders Public Prosecutor’s department.

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As per the sources, the administrator general of Kind en Gezin (Children and Health Services) called the death of a child a “shock for the entire nursery sector.”

“I sit here very humbled, and I have become very quiet in the face of these facts and the unimaginable suffering that these parents have to go through,” said administrator general of Kind en Gezin, Kartien Verhegge. “I want to share my deepest sympathy to the parents.”

On Thursday, the UZ gent hospital informed the prosecutor that a baby had suffered severe brain injuries. The girl had been taken to the hospital’s emergency trauma centre a day earlier, after a call from the daycare centre in Mariakerke. The prosecutor’s office confirms that the child was in acute life-threatening condition and succumbed to her injuries.

Moreover, on Thursday, the East-Flemish public prosecutor appointed a medical officer, and the examining magistrate had sealed the crèche.

The officials have carried out an extensive investigation in the crèche and have apprehended three individuals responsible for the girl’s death. The arrested persons were the manageress of the crèche, her father and an employee.

They spent a night in lockup and will appear before the investigating magistrate on Friday, who will decide whether to arrest them or not.

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Kind en Gezin has temporarily suspended ‘t Sloeberhuisje. A solution for the 16 children who were cared for there is being sought.

However, inspection reports show that the crèche also had a long history of complaints and inspections. These reports established, among other things, that “the manageress and her father do not know how to behave with small children.”

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