Man arrested over "suspicious" death of baby in Great Houghton

By Dave Doyle | 06/12/2018

Man arrested over 'suspicious' death of baby in Great Houghton

POLICE investigating the death of a nine-week-old baby have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Emergency services were called to a property in Great Houghton just before 8pm last Friday, when the baby boy was in cardiac arrest.

The child was taken to hospital, where he remained in a critical condition for three days, before dying on Monday afternoon.

Officers initially treated the baby’s death as unexplained but a post-mortem examination on Tuesday led them to suspect foul play.

Det Insp Mark Oughton described the case as “tragic” and “incredibly harrowing”.

He added: “Our thoughts are with those affected, who continue to be supported by specialist officers.

“I know this will have a huge impact on both the immediate and wider community and we will have officers in the area, should you have any concerns or wish to speak to someone.

“I would also please ask that people are mindful of what they post on social media, particularly in relation to any speculative comments, and bear in mind the impact this could have on the baby’s family during this incredibly difficult and traumatic time.”

Anyone with concerns or information is urged to call 101, quoting incident number 851 of November 30.

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