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Playground Death: Arrests Over Girl Tragedy
Two nursery school workers have been arrested over the death of a three-year-old girl in a playground.
Lydia Bishop died after becoming tangled in playground equipment on her first day at York College Day Nursery last month.
North Yorkshire Police said at the time that her death was not being treated as suspicious, but have since arrested and bailed two people.
"The staff members were interviewed as part of the ongoing enquiries into the circumstances surrounding Lydia's death," they said in a brief statement.
"The investigation is still in its early stages and it is not possible to comment further at this time."
An inquest into Lydia's death on September 17 has been opened and adjourned after hearing that a rope on an outdoor slide became caught round her neck and that a nursery worker found her "unresponsive".
The nursery is closed and, according to a statement on the college website, is not expected to re-open for at least another four weeks.
"Everyone at York College remains shocked and profoundly saddened by the tragic death of Lydia Bishop, and Lydia's family are constantly in our thoughts," the statement says.
"The College is still working closely with the authorities, including North Yorkshire Police, Ofsted and the Health and Safety Executive."
Shortly after Lydia's death, York College principal Alison Birkinshaw said: "We are doing all we can to assist the authorities with their inquiries and we will also do our utmost to support everybody involved as best as we can."
An Ofsted inspection carried out at the nursery in September 2009 said the overall quality of provision at York College was good and described the outdoor facilities as "superb".
what do you think?
Always need someone to blame for a tragic accident!
They were being paid for doing a job,looking after children,if a child dies then they were certainly not doing their job,you can't take your eyes off them
Sadly accidents do happen . As a childcare worker for 18 years I really hope that the strict child adult ratios were being adhered to and the staff were paying attention and not chatting as I see so often . But sometimes every safety precaution could be taken and accidents will still happen . My thoughts go out to the poor family of this little girl and I hope she is at peace . God. Bless her xxx
Yer so good that a littlen lost her life this is so bad health and safty has gone mad and yet still this has happend i hope the lock them up as they could not of been doing the jobs for yhis to happen
If this has happened then just how has 'health and safety gone mad'? Get a grip.
Outrageous. Jail time for the negligence. My lad is at nursery- if he died due to lack of supervision the culprits would be begging for jail if i got my hands on them. Totally unacceptable.
We don't know the full story the adult to child ratio's, the exact injuries to poor Lydia etc The poor child may have broken her neck, we just don't know we've only been told that a rope on an outdoor slide became caught round her neck and that a nursery worker found her "unresponsive". It might have been a tragic accident but as human's we seem to need to have someone to blame. I hope it wasn't human error, but this will be of little comfort to the family at this time, they have lost their most treasured little girl and nothing on this earth will take away the pain. My thought to all concerned and RIP little Lydia xx