Baby boy brain injury sparks police probe

The child was said to be stable at the Sick Kids hospital. Picture: Cate Gillon
The child was said to be stable at the Sick Kids hospital. Picture: Cate Gillon
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Police have launched an investigation after a baby boy in the care of a childminder was taken to hospital with a brain injury.

Emergency services rushed to a house in Limefield, a quiet cul-de-sac in Gilmerton, at around 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The 14-month-old boy was today said to be seriously ill but in a stable condition at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children. It is understood the boy had been in the care of a childminder when the emergency services were called.

Neighbour Carol Crawford, 69, described him as a “quiet” child a little over a year old. She said: “A paramedic came out of the house holding the baby.

“The paramedic went into the back of the ambulance with him.

“I saw the lady who lives there with her arms around someone, who I think is the baby’s mum.”

Police were still at the scene yesterday afternoon. Mrs Crawford said of the childminder: “They are an absolutely lovely family – she has two children, a girl aged about seven and a boy who is about three.

“Whenever someone was ill, the children were first to come round with a box of chocolates.

“All the youngsters she minded always looked really well cared for and happy.

“I just hope whatever has happened isn’t too serious.”

Police confirmed officers had responded to a “medical” incident at the property and an investigation was now under way.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating after being alerted to the serious injury of a 14-month-old child within an address in Limefield, Edinburgh, on the morning of Saturday February 8.

“The child was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids, where he remains in a stable condition. Inquiries are at an early stage.”