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Police arrest suspect in connection with dead baby found in bin (updated)

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Police on Wednesday arrested a 41-year-old clerk in connection with a probe into how a dead newborn was found in a bin at Nicosia General Hospital’s morgue.

The man was arrested at 7.50pm, police said.

Earlier, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said statements had been taken from hospital staff and others as the force works with the hospital management to get to the bottom of the case.

Though the police have CCTV footage from the morgue, it did not shed any light on how the infant was taken from the refrigerator as it only records who enters and leaves the room but not what goes on inside.

The baby, which was born prematurely at eight months on August 30 at a private hospital in Nicosia, had several health problems and was transferred to the Makarios children’s hospital where it died two days later on September 1.

According to CyBC, medical investigations into the infant’s death began on September 11 following a request by the parents who wanted to check through a post mortem whether there were any genetic anomalies that led to the baby’s death.

The couple had also lost their first baby last year, again a few days after it was born.

The post mortem was carried out by state pathologists in the presence of a doctor who had flown in from the UK.  Afterwards when tissue samples were taken for testing, the baby’s body was placed in the morgue refrigerator, awaiting collection for burial.

But the body was found missing by a police officer who had gone to the morgue to deliver the death certificate. A morgue employee who helped him look for the newborn, found it in the bin.

Reports later said a morgue employee who was on duty on Monday said he had left work at 3pm and the baby had been in the refrigerator.

Health Minister George Pamporidis said an apology was nowhere near enough to offer the parents and described it as a failure of the whole system.

 

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