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Wednesday, 22 August, 2001, 03:21 GMT 04:21 UK
Police probe child hospital death
Great Ormond Street hospital
David Stocker was admitted to Great Ormond Street with a mystery illness
Police are investigating the death of a nine-year-old boy at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests after David Stocker, from Hornchurch, Essex, suffered a cardiac arrest last Saturday.

He was placed on a life support machine which was switched off on Monday night, in consultation with the coroner.

David was admitted to Old Church Hospital in Romford, Essex, on 21 June, suffering from a number of problems, but doctors were unable to determine the causes.

He was discharged on 28 July, but became ill again and was re-admitted on 1 August.

The following day he was admitted to Great Ormond Street specialist children's hospital and was being treated there when he suffered the cardiac arrest.

A police spokesman said: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

"At this stage, there have been no arrests and inquiries continue."

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