Father held for questioning as baby attacked in pram dies

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Police were continuing to question a man aged 24 last night after his five-month-old son died of injuries inflicted in his pram at a train station in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Police were continuing to question a man aged 24 last night after his five-month-old son died of injuries inflicted in his pram at a train station in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Northumbria Police's investigation became a murder inquiry after the boy died at around noon yesterday in the intensive care unit of Newcastle General Hospital, with his mother at his bedside. He was found in a pram on Sunday afternoon by police officers called to a station on the Tyne and Wear metro system. He had suffered multiple head and facial injuries. One of his parents is believed to have been with him when the assault was reported, shortly before 4.20pm.

Detective Superintendent Chris Symonds, leading the investigation, said the death was being treated as murder. Detectives were given an extra 36 hours to question the man by Newcastle magistrates and three youths were released on bail last night pending further inquiries.

Det Supt Symonds renewed his appeal for anyone who saw a man pushing a blue pram in the area of the Manors station to come forward. Those people who can help would have been in the station between 3.45pm and 4.21pm on Sunday.

The first person police want to trace is a woman with red hair, aged between 30 and 40 who got off an eastbound train between 3.30pm and 4pm. Officers also want to trace two men described as looking like students who were on the platform at around 4.15pm. Both were about 6ft tall, the first in his late twenties, slim, with brown hair and metal-framed glasses. He wore a blue and red waist-length jacket. The second had brown hair and facial stubble, wore a long black woollen coat, and spoke with a "posh accent".

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