Murder investigation launched after baby death

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder

A murder investigation has been launched by detectives following the death of a baby in Burnley.

Police were called to an address in Wellington Court shortly before 3pm on Monday to reports of a sudden death.

Officers attended and the body of a new born baby was found at the property.

A 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from Burnley, were later arrested on suspicion of the concealment of the birth of a child contrary to Section 60 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The pair were released no charge yesterday.

Following an initial post-mortem, the baby, a girl, was found to have a number of injuries which require further examination.

The 30-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were both re-arrested today on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody.

Det Chief Insp Jill Johnston, of Lancashire Police, said: “This is a tragic incident involving the death of a new born baby girl in Burnley.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected at this sad and distressing time.

“Following extensive enquiries we have re-arrested two people on suspicion of murder.

“This remains a complex investigation and a team of specially trained officers are conducting a number of enquiries

“We are urging anyone who has any information which may assist with our investigation to contact police.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0703 of January 16th.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.