Slide death inquiry

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A chain of children's shops is carrying out an urgent investigation after the death of a toddler playing on one of its slides.

Amy Grieveson, three, spent six days in Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Victoria Infirmary's intensive care unit before a decision was made to turn off her life support machine.

Staff had battled to save her after she was found unconscious hanging from a support strut on the ladder. The tragedy happened a fortnight ago in the garden of her home in Newcastle.

Her mother, Kirsty Dockling, 24,is calling for the Early Learning Centre to withdraw the slide from sale. "It may have been a million to one chance but it could happen to another child," she said.

Ian Duncan, chief executive of Swindon-based Early Learning Centre, said an investigation was started as soon as they heard of Amy's death.