Family at bedside of baby Shantelle Clarke after Plymouth flat fall
THE baby girl who was critically injured when she fell from a fifth-floor flat has been moved to a specialist care unit in Bristol.
According to reports, Shantelle Clarke is understood to have been taken from Derriford Hospital to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Police are still working with other agencies, including Sanctuary Housing which owns the block, to determine how the 15-month old came to fall around 100ft from a bedroom window. They have said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her fall.
Her family are understood to have been at her bedside since the incident on Saturday at 8.30am at their home in Talbot Gardens, Barne Barton.
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The tot was named earlier this week by her distraught grandfather Ian Clarke, aged 48.
He said Shantelle's parents, Craig Clarke and Chelsea Westgate, were distraught following their daughter's fall.
Mr Clarke Snr said: "It is so awful what has happened.
"Craig and Chelsea are fantastic parents and are devastated about this.
"Shantelle is in a really bad way and is currently in intensive care. It doesn't look like she'll be coming out any time soon.
"The whole family are in bits after what's happened.
"We're all just hoping she's going to be okay as she's such a happy and bubbly little girl."
Part of the police investigation into the girl's fall is understood to include analysis of the window and examination of the state of its locking and opening mechanism.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The police are liaising with Sanctuary Housing as part of our enquiries.
"The enquiry is being led by investigators from our child protection team.
"We understand police officers have spoken to a number of residents and neighbours in both that block of flats and the neighbouring block in an attempt to find witnesses."
Mr Clarke Snr dismissed any suggestion that his son and his fiancee were at fault, adding: "Craig and Chelsea are in no way to blame for this. This was an accident.
"They'll be staying in hospital with Shantelle until she comes out as they don't want to leave her side."
Police said their latest update was Shantelle was in a "critical but stable" condition having suffered serious internal injuries, although they were unable to confirm which hospital she had been transferred to.