Pair arrested over injured baby

 

A man and a woman have been arrested after a baby was found with serious injuries in the refuse area of a block of flats.

A 24-year-old woman has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder, while a 32-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender, West Midlands Police said.

Both are related to the baby girl, who remains in a critical condition in hospital, a force spokesman confirmed.

Police were called to a flat on Boscobel Crescent in Wolverhampton on Saturday evening to a report of a missing child.

A very young baby was found nearby in the refuse collection area of the flats with serious injuries.

She was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital where she remains in a critical condition, West Midlands Police said.

The force spokesman said they are investigating how the baby came to be in the refuse area and are conducting inquiries around the tower block.

Detective Inspector John Smith, from the force Public Protection Unit, said: "We are making a number of enquiries to establish how this young baby has come to sustain her injuries, and how she came to be found in the refuse area of the flats.

"The two people who have been arrested are related to the baby and we are currently not seeking anyone else as part of our enquiries.

"We urge anyone who has information to help our investigation to come forward at the earliest opportunity."

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Public Protection Unit at Wolverhampton Central police station.

* Body parts believed to be those of a baby have been found at a popular common.

Police were called to an area of Tooting Bec Common in south London early this morning after the discovery was reported.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "Police were called at approximately eight o'clock this morning to reports of body parts believed to be of an infant child found at a location in Dr Johnson Avenue, SW17.

"Officers from Wandsworth are at the scene and inquiries continue."

The avenue runs through the common and is around two miles from St George's Hospital in Tooting.

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Arts and Entertainment
filmPoldark production team claims innocence of viewers' ab frenzy
Life and Style
Google marks the 81st anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's most famous photograph
techIt's the 81st anniversary of THAT iconic photograph
News
Katie Hopkins makes a living out of courting controversy
people
News
General Election
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders