Updated: Thursday, 5th December 2019 @ 2:39pm

'Devastating tragedy': Nine-month-old baby girl chokes to death at Manchester nursery

'Devastating tragedy': Nine-month-old baby girl chokes to death at Manchester nursery

By Dean Wilkins

A baby girl has died after choking on food at a nursery in Manchester.

The nine-month-old youngster was at the private school Ramillies Hall School, Cheadle Hulme, when she started choking shortly after midday.

Emergency services were called to the school and the baby – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was rushed to hospital where she tragically died a short time later.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were called to an address on Ramillies Avenue, Cheadle Hulme shortly after 12.20pm on Tuesday by the North West Ambulance Service following reports a child was choking.

"Officers attended and discovered a nine-month old baby had been taken to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

"Inquiries are continuing to establish the cause of death."

The girl was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, and police are continuing their investigations into the incident.

The school’s principal Anne Poole said: "It is with immense sadness that I can confirm that a child attending our nursery died yesterday.

"Clearly this is a devastating tragedy, and our deepest sympathies are with the child's family.

"As is right and proper, the police are now investigating this matter and we are co-operating fully with officers' inquiries."

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