Sheffield baby’s drug death ‘not suspicious’, say police

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The death of a baby which led to workers being suspended at a Sheffield hospital is not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Three staff members were suspended and interviewed under caution after Hanna Faheem, from Brightside, died in her mum Naseem Akhtar’s arms at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation ‘regarding the administration of a controlled drug’, and Naseem said she believed disabled Hanna had been given a huge overdose of morphine.

But a spokeswoman for the force said there are thought to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious,” she said.

“South Yorkshire Police are undertaking an investigation on behalf of the coroner, but this is not a criminal investigation.”

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

Hanna was born in October last year at the Jessop maternity wing and was diagnosed soon afterwards with the rare condition Edwards’ Syndrome.

But less than two months later on December 16, Naseem noticed Hanna had a chesty cough and a sore throat, so called an ambulance.

After arriving at the children’s hospital her condition worsened.

She was given morphine and a decongestant and died at 5.30am the next morning, with Naseem simply thinking she had lost her fight for life against Edwards’ Syndrome.

Within hours the funeral was arranged at the Madani Masjid Mosque in Wincobank.

But as her family prepared for the service, detectives arrived to halt the ceremony and Hanna’s body was seized for a post-mortem examination.

The baby’s body was eventually buried in January.

“When CID came to the house and stopped the funeral that was the first we knew anything had happened,” said Naseem.

“They said she may have been given too much morphine – 10 times more – and it had been realised an hour later.”

Naseem said Hanna was ‘a beautiful baby, and very much loved’.

“She was so special,” she added.

“There are so many questions that we need to be answered.”