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Doctor and 2 nurses arrested for allowing 6-year-old child with Down’s syndrome to die at hospital

By Mason White 5:19 PM December 30, 2014
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By: Wayne Morin
A doctor and two nurses were arrested on charges of manslaughter after being accused of allowing a little boy with Down’s syndrome to die, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

6-year-old Jack Adcock of Glen Parva, Leicestershire, who had Down’s syndrome and other pre-existing health problems, died of pneumonia after being initially admitted to the hospital for diarrhea.

Prosecutors said that after considering all the evidence in the case they decided to charge the doctor and the two nurses for the death of Adcock.

Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba, Theresa Taylor, and Isabel Amaro, all of the Leicester Royal Infirmary, will be brought before the Leicester Magistrate’s Court, on charges of manslaughter by gross negligence.

“Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Dr. Bawa-Garba, Sister Taylor, and Staff Nurse Amaro, to each face charges of gross negligence manslaughter. The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors,” prosecutors said.