Man, 24, arrested on suspicion of murder after death of newborn baby girl

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a two-week-old baby girl.

Police were called to a hospital on Friday at about 6.30pm amid concerns over a baby.

The infant died in hospital on Monday. A post-mortem is due to take place this week.

A 24-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed amid further enquiries.

Greater Manchester Police said investigations at an address in Heywood, Rochdale, are ongoing with a crime scene likely to remain in place for several days.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones 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 should call police on 0161 856 3400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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