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Baby girl dies at Edinburgh nursery

Careshare's Port Hamilton nursery in Morrison Street
Image caption The nursery has been closed while the full circumstances are investigated

An investigation is under way after 13-month old baby girl died at a nursery in Edinburgh.

An ambulance was called to the Port Hamilton Nursery in Morrison Street on Wednesday after it was discovered that the baby was not breathing.

She was taken to the city's Sick Kids Hospital but later died, police said.

It is understood the baby had a medical condition and there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

The Careshare nursery has been temporarily closed.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in Edinburgh responded to an address in Morrison Street at around 12:10 on Wednesday 26 November following a report of a 13-month-old female child having taken unwell within.

"The infant was taken to the Sick Kids Hospital where she later passed away.

"Inquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal."

Marg Randles, managing director at Busy Bees Nurseries, the parent group of Careshare, 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."

"I'd like to thank the members of the emergency services for their help and support and also to recognise the efforts of our staff at Port Hamilton nursery.

"The safety and care of children at our nurseries is our highest priority and yesterday's tragedy has affected us all."

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