Police arrest man and woman for murder after newborn baby was found dead in back garden

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Police arrest man and woman for murder after newborn baby was found dead in back garden

Police have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of murder after a newborn baby was found dead in a back garden.  The horrifying discover

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Police have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of murder after a newborn baby was found dead in a back garden.  

The horrifying discovery was made by a member of the public in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on Saturday.

Police said the baby’s mother was eventually found and taken to hospital after they launched an urgent appeal to help find her.

Officers now say they have arrested a man and a woman and are treating it as a potential murder.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio said: ‘Due to significant developments in this investigation, I can confirm we’re now treating the baby’s death as a potential homicide.

The property in Weston-super-Mare where a newborn baby was found dead in the back garden

The property in Weston-super-Mare where a newborn baby was found dead in the back garden

Police have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of murder after a newborn baby was found dead in a back garden. The horrifying discovery was made by a member of the public in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on Saturday

Police have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of murder after a newborn baby was found dead in a back garden. The horrifying discovery was made by a member of the public in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on Saturday 

A police officer stands next to a cordoned-off area of the street in Somerset

A police officer stands next to a cordoned-off area of the street in Somerset

‘A man and a woman have been arrested and they are in custody for questioning. A forensic post-mortem examination will be held later this week but we don’t anticipate any conclusive results for some time.

‘I know this development will cause concern in the local community, particularly in light of the tragic circumstances, but I would stress that while this is being treated as a potential homicide, we are keeping an open mind and will always be led by the evidence.

‘We’ve been heartened by the wholly supportive response from the Weston-super-Mare community over the past two days. 

‘Our neighbourhood team will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols of the affected area, so please stop an officer and speak to them if you have any worries or questions. We are here to help.’

More to follow 

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