Two-week-old baby dies sparking murder probe as man arrested

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A murder probe has been launched after the death of a two-week old baby.

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a baby girl died in Heywood in Rochdale. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

The police were called to a hospital regarding concerns over a baby girl on Friday, January 8.

She then died on Monday, January 11 and a post-mortem examination is due to take place this week.

Greater Manchester Police say the investigation is ongoing and a crime scene is likely to stay in place for several days.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: "This is a desperately sad incident where a baby girl has lost her life and we are doing what we can to support her loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

"Our investigation is ongoing; as always, we are keeping an open mind and have specialist officers working at the scene and on the investigation to establish the full facts of this case.

"This is a heart-breaking time and we ask the public to refrain from speculation and respect the family’s privacy at this time.

"Anyone with information should do the right thing and contact us with information so we can continue to try and ascertain the circumstances behind this tragedy."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3400 quoting incident 1896 of 08/01/2021.

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