A nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been arrested after a child died. The nurse has been arrested on suspicion of “administering poison with intent to endanger life”.
West Midlands Police have released the 27-year-old while investigations continue. She has also been suspended from her role at the hospital, which is run by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police 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 the hospital.
“The woman was arrested Thursday evening at a property in the West Midlands area on suspicion of administering poison to endanger life. She has been released while the investigation continues and the results of forensic tests are examined.
“Specially-trained officers are supporting the family of the child.”
The NHS trust told the publication: “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 trust has suspended the staff member involved following the national process on the sudden unexpected death of a child.
“We support the infant’s family at this distressing time and ask that privacy be respected in this process.”