Desperate for answers into toddler death

Murder Inquiry: Police outside the Dalmeny Hotel where a three year old girl got into difficulties in the pool and later died.
Murder Inquiry: Police outside the Dalmeny Hotel where a three year old girl got into difficulties in the pool and later died.
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A lifeguard who pulled a young girl from a pool after she got into difficulties on a family holiday on the Fylde coast has said she is desperate for answers over how the youngster came to lose her life.

Jane Bell, from Galashiels, in Scotland, died aged just three after being found unresponsive in the pool of The Dalmeny Hotel, St Annes, in August last year.

A murder investigation was launched by police and a 40-year-old woman, also from Galashiels, was arrested on suspicion of murder and neglect, but no charges were brought and the police investigation was dropped.

Now, as health and safety investigations continue into the matter, the trained lifeguard told how she is haunted by what happened.

Carole Greenwood told a coroner: “There’s just a burning question in my head of why did this child die? It’s just in my head every day.”

Senior coroner Alan Wilson heard an update into the inquiry on Tuesday at a pre-inquest review, where it was revealed the child also had congenital problems.

Blackpool Coroners’ Court also heard from a health and safety boss, investigating the incident on behalf of Fylde Council, during the review at Blackpool Town Hall.

Michael Duck, senior environmental health officer for Fylde Council, said: “I’m looking at it from the perspective of the Health and Safety Act and whether the company took all suitable precautions to ensure safety.”

The investigator is set to meet with witnesses and hotel bosses in the coming month and an independent expert is to be sought as it is determined whether a prosecution will be brought in relation to health and safety.

The child also had congenital disorders, a solicitor representing The Dalmeny Hotel revealed during an inquest.

He gave the medical information, saying that while not related to the death, it should still be borne in mind in the inquiry.

David Walton said: “There’s no relationship between the congenital disorders and the death but that’s something I’d like to keep in the air. My understanding is that ... while it may have contributed to how long this girl could have survived under the water – had she not had that she may have been able to survive – it’s not the most important angle.

“If that does become more important then we need to see this little girl’s full medical history to fully understand.”

The inquest was formally adjourned, to be reviewed again on July 28 with a view to holding a full inquest with a jury in early October.

The child’s family was not in attendance at the hearing.