Girl, 2, is found dead in hospital

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Tests are to be carried out on the body of a two-year-old girl who died on Sunday after being found unconscious in the toilets of a Glasgow hospital. The child died at Yorkhill Children's hospital where she had been admitted for observation after apparently suffering respiratory problems. Her mother was staying at the hospital at the time of her death.

Police said a post-mortem examination had proved inconclusive and have launched an inquiry. Initial inquiries suggested the toddler did not die as a result of medical malpractice.

Meanwhile, the decomposing body of a patient who had been missing for almost a month has been found in the plant room of a London hospital. St Thomas's hospital yesterday launched an inquiry into how Carlos Padilla's body could have lain undisturbed in the busy plant room for so long. He was found in a gully behind ducting pipes.

A post-mortem examination failed to establish the cause of death and tissue samples have been sent for further toxicology tests. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Forty-year-old Mr Padilla who lived in Camberwell, south-east London, went missing on 22 December while recovering from an appendectomy carried out two days earlier. A search by hospital security and police with tracker dogs failed to find him. He was last seen at about 1am on a fire-escape in the north wing of the hospital.

The hospital said Mr Padilla, who was suffering from depression, had been agitated and violent towards a nurse who was trying to calm him.

Mr Padilla's wife, Olga, said the searches by the hospital security staff and the police had not been thorough enough.

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