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Doctor Suspected of Manslaughter Released from Custody

Monday saw the questioning of the nurse who worked with the Swedish doctor accused of causing the death of a baby girl. After an appeal by the defence, the court ruled on Monday afternoon  that there was no longer any reason for the doctor to remain in custody.

Last Monday the senior physician or consultant from Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s hospital in Stockholm was taken into custody on suspicion of killing an infant in her care. On Friday, the court rules that she was to remain in custody for another week while investigations were carried out.

The baby, born prematurely and suffering from brain damage, was on life support. Before the machine was switched off the child was given a sedative and some morphine, which is common practice in such cases. According to the prosecutor, autopsy findings and a statement from the National Board of Forensic Medicine shows that too high a dose was given, causing the death of the child.

Today the nurse, working with the doctor at the time, was heard by the prosecution. Her testimony could be vital for the case.

”The questioning is over, but I don’t know what the outcome was,” the doctor’s defence lawyer Björn Hurtig told TT.

The doctor denies any crime and a custody appeal was submitted by Hurtig on her behalf on Sunday.

After receiving the appeal by the defence, the Supreme Court asked to hear from the prosecutor Elisabeth Brandt before coming to a decision. She had until 3 PM on Monday afternoon to make her statement, according to Swedish news agency TT.  

The prosecution stated that as the nurse now had been heard, there was no longer any danger of the doctor interfering with the investigation and that she could therefore be released from custody.  

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