Death investigations

Sophia Smith Fatal Accident Inquiry decision

A decision has been made to hold an FAI following the death of baby Sophia Smith at the Royal Hospital for Children at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus, Glasgow on 11 April 2017.

The Lord Advocate has decided that it is in the public interest to hold a Fatal Accident Inquiry to examine the full circumstances surrounding this tragic death.

The decision follows a thorough and independent investigation by the Procurator Fiscal.

After giving the case careful consideration, Crown Counsel have concluded, based on the available evidence, that there will be no criminal proceedings brought as a result of the death. Should additional evidence come to light that decision may be reconsidered.

Procurator Fiscal Andy Shanks, who leads on fatalities investigations for COPFS, said: 

“The Lord Advocate has decided that a discretionary Fatal Accident Inquiry should be held into the causes of this tragic death to ensure that there can be a full public hearing of the facts of the case.

 “The Procurator Fiscal has now started work to initiate this inquiry and there are a number of legal steps which must be taken before it can commence.

 “Sophia’s family will be kept informed of what will happen next.”