Alfie Podmore: Critical illness timeline

Abby Podmore with her son Alfie A consultant paediatric pathologist said Alfie had died of natural causes

Three-year-old Alfie Podmore from Quinton in Birmingham died within four days of being sent home from nursery with a temperature.

He was taken to A&E, given a stomach settler and sent home, where he died from blood poisoning.

His mother was arrested on suspicion of murder then released without charge.

Wednesday, 2 February

Alfie was sent home with a temperature from Wiggles and Giggles Day Nursery in Hagley Road, Oldbury, says his mother, dental nurse Abby Podmore.

Thursday, 3 February

Alfie begins coughing up blood and his grandmother Mandy Harris, who is also a nurse, takes him to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

He is recorded as having a temperature of 39.5 Celsius, as well as shoulder pain and a rash.

An A&E doctor diagnoses a viral stomach upset and says Alfie should be taken home.

He is sent home with a three-day course of antacids to settle his stomach.

Sunday, 6 February

Alfie's condition deteriorates. His mother finds him unconscious in his bed and tries to resuscitate him, while his grandmother calls an ambulance.

Paramedics declare Alfie dead at the scene.

Within minutes West Midlands Police officers visit 21-year-old Ms Podmore and instruct her to wait with relatives.

A few hours later she is arrested at her brother's house on suspicion of murdering her only child. The family object and a riot van arrives with 15 officers to take her to Bournville police station.

Monday, 7 February

Ms Podmore is kept in a police cell overnight.

Dr Phillip Cox examines the body at Sandwell Hospital and confirms that Alfie died of natural causes. He had a collapsed lung and pneumonia.

Ms Podmore is released without charge from police custody.

Thursday, 7 July

Birmingham Children's Hospital says: "Investigations are still ongoing but it has become clear that there was more that we could have done to help Alfie."

Thursday, 29 September

Alfie Podmore's one-day inquest takes place at Birmingham Coroner's Court. Birmingham coroner Aidan Cotter recorded a narrative verdict.

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