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Death of newborn being investigated as possible manslaughter

Polly Lindop died within 24 hours of being born at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester on March 13.

The entrance to St Mary's Hospital in Manchester
The entrance to St Mary's Hospital in Manchester

The death of a newborn baby at a Manchester hospital is being investigated as possible gross negligence manslaughter.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said on Monday that their major incident team is looking into the death of Polly Lindop, who died within 24 hours of being born at St Mary’s Hospital on March 13.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Davis said: “First, I want to express my condolences to the parents of Polly at what is an extremely difficult time for them.

“Our thoughts will remain with them as we carry out our investigation.

“A number of hospital staff have been spoken to as witnesses by officers and no arrests have been made at this time.

“The hospital trust has been fully co-operative with the police and all relevant authorities have been kept informed.

“The investigation into Polly’s death is ongoing and her family will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”

The baby’s parents paid tribute to her and thanked police in a statement issued through the force.

They said: “As Polly’s parents we would like to thank everyone at GMP for their continual efforts every day in gaining us answers.

“Our beautiful brave baby girl Polly, we love you and miss you every day. Sleep tight my darling.”

A spokesman for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said: “GMP are investigating an incident that happened in March 2023.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the family and we are co-operating fully with the police investigation.”

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