A man and woman have been questioned on suspicion of murder five months after an eight-week-old baby died in south-east
Police were called to a house in the Surrey Quays area in April and found the badly-injured baby girl, who died at the scene.
A man, aged 24, and a woman, aged 21, were arrested and questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm a week later.
However, following further examination by pathologists, the case has now been upgraded to murder and the pair were rearrested and questioned again.
A baby girl died in the Surrey Quays area of London in April. Police have today announced they are treating her death as murder. A man and woman have been arrested and bailed
Police have taken the unusual step of not releasing the name of the young victim and will not identify the street where she died ‘due to the sensitive nature of the investigation’.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are investigating the death of an eight week old baby girl at a residential address in SE16.
‘The infant was found unresponsive on Friday, 26 April 2019. London Ambulance Service and Police attended. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:16hrs.
‘Next of kin are aware. A post mortem scan of the child showed a number of broken bones.
‘On Friday, 3 May 2019 police arrested a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
‘A post mortem examination conducted on Friday, 10 May was inconclusive. Following further testing police further arrested [the man] and [the woman] on suspicion of murder.
‘They have both been released on bail to a date in mid-October. Enquiries continue.’
Scotland Yard today confirmed they had upgraded the case to murder as enquiries continue
The announcement that the case is being treated as murder means that 106 people have died in suspicious circumstances in the capital this year.
On Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy, named by family members as Youssef Karim Hasan Al-Bayjani, was attacked by a gang outside a KFC in Edgware Road.
He was repeatedly stabbed and died that evening in hospital.