Tot injury home boarded up amid attack fears

The house in Limefield was boarded up before the police guard left
The house in Limefield was boarded up before the police guard left
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A HOME where a 14-month-old baby boy suffered a serious head injury has been boarded up amid fears of reprisal attacks.

Halima Nassif was banned from looking after children by the Care Commission, after the tot was badly hurt while he was supposed to be in her care.

We exclusively revealed last week how she is alleged to have left the child with someone else to go off and do another job.

Following the February 8 incident, a police car was stationed 24 hours a day outside her home in Limefield, Gilmerton.

Now the ground-floor windows and front door of her home have been sealed with heavy metal protective shutters.

Residents say there are fears of reprisal attacks against the property.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “They must be worried someone is going to smash the windows or something because of what’s happened.”

Another resident said: “The police were outside the house for a week. Then they put these shutters up and the police left right away.

“I’m not sure whether some of the neighbours were complaining about the noise from the police car which sat with its engine running a lot of the time.

“I’ve not seen Mrs Nassif. I don’t think she was staying there while the police were outside.”

Both ground-floor windows and two windows at the rear of the semi-detached house have been boarded up.

In the back garden, children’s play equipment remained scattered around on the grass. Police – investigating how the baby came to be hospitalised with a brain injury – examined a climbing frame in the garden. Officers focused on the garden toy as well as a set of steps at the front door.

They last night confirmed the house had been boarded up but refused to be drawn on whether they feared the property could be attacked.

They said it was being protected as “part of the ongoing inquiry”. They also confirmed a squad car was no longer being stationed in the street.

Our revelations told how the Care Commission imposed an “emergency condition” amid allegations she left the child in the care of an unregistered family member. During this time the child was injured and had to be rushed to hospital.

The baby is said to be seriously ill but in a stable condition at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital.

The Care Commission report was hand delivered to Mrs Nassif.

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.”

The mother-of-two charges £4.50 per hour to look after children up to the age of 12. She could not be reached for comment.