Two arrested after four-month-old baby dies of ‘catastrophic’ injuries

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Two people have been arrested in connection to the death of a four-month-old baby girl in Athersley, Barnsley.

Police were called to Barnsley Hospital on May 16 after reports that a newborn baby had suffered catastrophic injuries.

She spent the next four months on life support but tragically never recovered, before dying on Monday afternoon.

A post mortem examination carried out on Tuesday found the cause of death is unascertained, pending further medical enquiries.

A 31-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, both from Athersley, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody for questioning by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge, the senior investigating officer, said: "The injuries suffered by this little girl when she was just two days old were so catastrophic that she could not recover and her life support was withdrawn after four months.

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"Our thoughts are with those affected and our specialist officers are supporting them throughout this incredibly difficult time.

"We have a dedicated team of officers assigned to this investigation. Two people are in custody and we are working hard to establish the exact circumstances leading up to this child's death.

"I know that the local community will be shocked and deeply saddened to hear of her death and it's important that people feel able to talk about their concerns but I urge everyone to be mindful of what they post on social media, and not to speculate on what may have occurred.

"If you have information that may assist, it's important that this is passed to the police to form part of the investigation."

Anyone with concerns or information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 207 of 16 Sept 2020.

Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.

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