Police probe following death of newborn baby

Four children are understood to have been hospitalised after contracting enterovirus D68.
Four children are understood to have been hospitalised after contracting enterovirus D68.

A NINE-day-old baby boy has died after being rushed to hospital, leading to a police investigation into his death which they are treating as “unexplained”.

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Paramedics were called to the family home in Ferry Road on Wednesday morning.

They took the child to the Sick Kids Hospital where medical staff battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Police were stationed outside the family home yesterday as devastated neighbours and the local community tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

A neighbour said: “There was a lot of commotion and people were crying as the ambulance arrived.

“They’re a young family who have only recently moved into that house.

“I think they’ve for three other young children and they are always out playing in the front garden.

“It’s just so sad – everyone around here is in shock and no-one knows why the police are involved. There’s been an officer standing outside the house all day and police have been coming in and out of the house.

“The granddad stays along the road and he’s totally distraught.

“All our thoughts are with the wee one and the family.”

A JustGiving page has been established to try and raise £2,000 for a gravestone and a memorial garden for the baby.

Tributes have flooded in on social media for the grieving family who have two girls and a boy under the age of ten.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to Ferry Road around 9.50am on Wednesday following a report of concern for a nine-day-old baby.

“The baby was taken to the Sick Kids where he was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

“Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding the death are ongoing and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”