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Friday, 27 December, 2002, 08:52 GMT

Flat plunge mother alerted medics

New Bell's Court in Leith
Police are waiting to interview the boy's mother

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The mother of a five-year-old boy who was found beaten to death on Christmas morning had spoken to her doctor before she fell from a two storey window, it has emerged.

The doctor arranged an urgent voluntary hospital admission for Alison Gorrie and called an ambulance to her home in Leith, in Edinburgh.

But when it arrived she said she felt better and sent the ambulance away.

The police have still not been able to interview Mrs Gorrie, who remains in hospital.

New Bell's Court in Leith
The police were called out on Christmas morning

The revelation about the ambulance came after Brendan Gorrie's father Bruce spoke about his anguish at events on Christmas Day.

Brendan's body was discovered in a flat after his injured, 35-year-old mother was found on the pavement outside New Bell's Court in the Leith area at around 0830 GMT.

She was taken to the city's Royal Infirmary where her condition was described as stable.

In a statement released by Lothian and Borders Police, Bruce Gorrie said: "This has been a devastating blow to me and my family.

"The loss of my son Brendan, who I love with all my heart and soul, is unimaginable.

"I am still struggling to accept he is no longer here and I will never see him again."

Mr Gorrie was estranged from his wife.

A police spokesman said a post mortem examination had been carried out on Brendan and its findings would be reported to the procurator fiscal.

He said no further details about the incident would be released at this stage.