Greek police charge Briton with baby murder

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The Independent Online

A 20-year-old British woman has been charged with the murder of her baby in Crete, the Foreign Office said today.

A spokesman said: "We can confirm a British national was charged with the murder of her baby in Malia, Crete, today. We are providing consular assistance."

He said he could not comment further due to the ongoing police investigation.

The woman was believed to have been arrested earlier on suspicion of strangling her newborn baby after giving birth in a hotel room.

It is understood officers were called after locals rushed the woman, who was bleeding heavily, to hospital.

Police reportedly found the dead baby in the hotel room with sheets around its neck and covering its face.

The woman is believed to have been in Crete on holiday with her sister and a female friend.

Malia, on Crete's north coast, is a popular spot for British tourists.