POLICE have named the baby girl who died in St Thomas’s Hospital, London, on Saturday (May 14), as 11-month-old Crystal Hall-Hummel of Christchurch Road, Worthing.
Crystal’s family issued this statement today (Tuesday, May 17):
“Crystal was a happy baby and full of energy. She always had a smile for everybody. She loved splashing around in the bath, being cheeky, loved attention and cuddles.
“What has happened has shocked all of us and words can’t describe how we all feel. Crystal was a massive part of everyone’s life. Our love for her is indescribable and we miss her so much.
“She will live in our hearts forever and will always be our little princess looking down on us from Heaven.”
Crystal’s death is being treated as suspicious by police.
Paramedics attended an address in Nursery Lane, Worthing, on Friday (May 13) morning and resuscitated her after she had stopped breathing. She was taken to Worthing Hospital and later that day collected by a specialist team from St Thomas’s Hospital who took her by ambulance to London, where she later died.
Police launched a murder investigation and arrested a 26-year-old man from Worthing at St Thomas’s just after 5pm on Saturday. He was returned to Sussex for questioning and was later bailed until June 20.
A scene guard is in place in Nursery Lane and is expected to remain for at least another two days while detailed forensic examination takes place.
Detective Inspector Carwyn Hughes, who is leading the investigation for Sussex Police Major Crime Branch, said: “A post mortem was carried out in London on Monday (May 16) by a Home Office pathologist and a specialist paediatric pathologist. They have given us provisional information with regard to the result, but further extensive tests will need to be carried out to conclude their examination.”