Arrests after death of one-month-old baby

Helliers Road in Chard

The baby was taken ill at Helliers Road in Chard - Credit: Google

Police arrested a man and a woman after the death of a one-month-old baby.

Police were called to Helliers Road in Chard by the ambulance service at just before 11.30pm on Saturday, July 16, after reports a baby had fallen ill. 

The baby was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Following a medical assessment of the baby’s injuries, officers arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was interviewed and released on bail. 

A 24-year-old woman has also been arrested in connection with the investigation, and released under investigation, police said.

On Saturday night (July 23), it was confirmed the baby had died in hospital.

DCI Simon Dewfall, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We're carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this tragic incident, which will seek to determine how and why this baby has suffered these injuries.

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"Specialist liaison officers are supporting the baby’s family during this incredibly difficult time.

"While we're treating this as an isolated incident, we know this will be of significant concern to the local community. 

"We'd like to encourage any residents with any questions or worries to speak an officer with their Neighbourhood Policing team."

Anyone with information which they think the investigation team needs to know should contact police on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222169502.