Brain injury tot ‘left with minder’s relative’

A police cordon remains in place at the house. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

A police cordon remains in place at the house. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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A Childminder looking after a 14-month-old baby boy who suffered a serious head injury had allegedly left him in the care of another family member to go to another job at the time.

It emerged today Halima Nassif has been banned from looking after children by the Care Inspectorate, which imposed an “emergency condition” amid allegations she left the child in the care of an unregistered family member at her home in Limefield, Gilmerton.

During this time the child was injured and had to be rushed to hospital, said the report, which also claimed Mrs Hassif had been working elsewhere at the time.

The baby is said to be seriously ill but in a stable condition at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Police launched an investigation following the incident, which took place at around 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The report was hand delivered to Mrs Nassif’s home.

It said the commission, which regulates childminding services, could not be satisfied other children would not be at “serious risk”.

It read: “The Care Inspectorate has reason to believe that you left the minded child in order to pursue other employment which on occasion, takes place during the hours of operation of your childminding service.

“The Care Inspectorate also has reason to believe that your ‘other employment’ is ongoing and can therefore not be satisfied that you would not leave minded children in the care of a person or persons who are not fit to provide a care service in the future.”

Police are continuing to investigate since first being called to the scene at the weekend. One resident said he had seen a man, belied to be Mrs Nassif’s husband, go in the ambulance when the boy was rushed to hospital – adding another family member took the Nassifs’ children away.

Mrs Nassif had been seen wearing a domestic’s uniform.

The neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “People round here are shocked.

“She used to let some of the young kids in the street play in the garden with her own kids.”

Mother-of-two Nasiff is registered with the Scottish Childminding Association and charges £4.50 per hour to look after children up to the age of 12.

A registered childminder since 2002, she lists her experience as a “creche worker” and says she is qualified in child development, child protection and first aid.

Last year the Care Inspectorate gave Mrs Nassif a glowing report.

A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said: “We have today imposed an emergency condition notice on this childminder’s registration, which prevents her from childminding pending the outcome of police inquiries. We are working closely with the police.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said the matter was still under investigation.

Mrs Nassif could not be reached for comment by the Evening News at the time of going to press.