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Swiss Re life and health chief is sectioned

Alberto Izaga, a senior executive and board member of Swiss Re, was arrested on Sunday and remains in custody after his two-year-old daughter was found seriously injured in his central London flat.

Neighbours called the police after hearing loud thudding noises, shouting and a child crying at around 8am. Police officers and ambulance crews arrived at the flat at around 8.30am to find the girl unconscious and bleeding from the mouth, nose and ears. The child was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster where she remains in a life-threatening condition.

Izaga joined Swiss Re’s executive board in June 2006 as head of life and health products after the company acquired GE Insurance Solutions.

Swiss Re spokesman Tim Dickenson says: “Swiss Re is deeply saddened by the tragedy involving the family of Alberto Izaga. Our thoughts are with the family. However, as this is a private matter, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Izaga has been sectioned under the Mental Heath Act and is being held at Brixton police station.

He is believed to have been suspended from his responsibilities at Swiss Re.

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