A baby has died in hospital after going into cardiac arrest at West Midland Safari Park over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. The two-month-old baby girl was airlifted to hospital at around 11.30am on Sunday morning and the Park tweeted that emergency services were at the scene after a guest was taken ill, with no other information leaking out. Police have now spoken to confirm that the infant passed away in hospital, after emergency services rushed her to hospital after she was taken ill. Investigators said the baby’s death is not being treated as suspicious. Witnesses at the scene described seeing ambulances and paramedics at the Park as in informal ‘lock down’ was put in place and people were evacuated.
Further update on today's incident. pic.twitter.com/XyK4e2MHLX— West Midland Safari (@WestMidSafari) April 1, 2018
Easter Sunday is normally one of the Safari Park’s busiest days of the year, and its understood the place was full when traffic began to be turned away for several hours. Announcing the baby’s tragic death, Inspector Gurjit Singh from the West Mercia Police said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the girl at this tragic time. Police officers are offering them support. I would like to thank staff and visitors at the park for their support and understanding while emergency services attended to the girl. The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time. I would request the family’s privacy is respected at this time."
Initially, reports were issued of a stabbing at West Midlands Safari Park as police were tight-lipped about the lock down and Twitter speculation ran rampant. Users posted photographs of an air ambulance landing, and several ambulances and police cars lined up close to the centre of the park as investigations were ongoing.