Investigation after baby dies at Edinburgh nursery

Careshare is shut while police and experts investigate the baby's death. Picture: Scott Louden
Careshare is shut while police and experts investigate the baby's death. Picture: Scott Louden
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A NURSERY has been closed and a police investigation launched following the death of a baby girl who staff discovered had stopped breathing.

Careshare’s Port Hamilton nursery on Morrison Street was closed down to allow an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

It is understood the 13-month-old child was rushed to hospital yesterday morning, but all efforts at resuscitation failed.

The devastated family is now being comforted, and company officials said the nursery will remain shut until a “thorough investigation” is completed.

A statement from Busy Bees Nurseries, the parent group of Careshare, said: “We can confirm that a child from our Port Hamilton nursery was taken to hospital on Wednesday morning as they were found to have stopped breathing. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, very sadly, the child could not be revived.”

Marg Randles, managing director at Busy Bees, said: “Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family at this very sad time.

“We will do all we can to support the family and those affected by this tragedy and we are working alongside all the relevant agencies to help find the cause. The nursery has been temporarily closed to allow a thorough investigation into the circumstances.”

Last night, three police cars were parked near the nursery, which shares premises with Scottish Widows at their city headquarters on Morrison Street.

It is also understood that a nursery leader flew up from London yesterday. Busy Bees has 17 nurseries across Scotland, including three in Edinburgh – at Edinburgh Park, Port Hamilton and Newhaven.

A police spokeswoman said: “Following a report from the Scottish Ambulance Service, Police in Edinburgh attended an address in Morrison Street where an infant child was found unwell. The child was taken to the Sick Kids Hospital where they later passed away.

“Inquiries into the full circumstances of this incident are ongoing.”

The 90-place international nursery close to Scottish Widows includes a baby room, a toddler room and a preschool room. It also boasts a large secure garden with a grass and soft ground area.

Careshare at Port Hamilton opened in 2001, and is the only nursery in the financial district with Care Inspectorate grades of five across the board.

All staff are fully qualified as childcare practitioners, police-checked and registered with the Scottish Social Services Council.

john.connell@edinburghnews.com