Camden Council launch probe into death of six-month-old baby in council care
PUBLISHED: 13:22 12 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:22 12 June 2013
Camden Council has launched a serious case review following the death of a six-month-old baby boy under council care.
The baby was born prematurely with a range of life-threatening health problems at the Royal Free Hospital on November 2.
He never went home with his family, who live in Swiss Cottage, as he was handed to foster parents on his release from hospital, following “safeguarding” concerns about his welfare.
In the early hours of May 31, the baby was rushed by ambulance from his foster parents’ home in Regent’s Park to University College Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and police are awaiting test results after a post-mortem examination failed to find a cause of death.
Camden Council has launched a serious case review investigating the death, which is standard procedure following the death of any child in council care.
The Ham&High understands the baby was subject to a “pre-birth child protection plan” which took responsibility for the baby’s care away from his mother at birth and placed him in the care of the council.
The baby was born with a heart defect and was also diagnosed with genetic disorder Down’s Syndrome.
He spent the first five months of his life in hospital and required a tube to be fed through.
An inquest into the baby’s death was opened at St Pancras Coroner’s Court last Thursday and adjourned to a date to be fixed.
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