Woman, 60, and man, 78, are arrested for baby boy’s murder as detectives urge witnesses to come forward
- Lancashire Police were called to an address in Hapton, Burnley, on 1 March 2022
- Baby was reported to have suffered from a ‘medical episode’ and died days later
- Detectives calling on public who were in Towneley Park between 10am and 2pm
A 60-year-old woman and 78-year-old man have been arrested for the murder of a baby boy.
Lancashire Constabulary were called to an address in Hapton, Burnley at around 1.20pm on March 1, following reports a baby had suffered from a ‘medical episode’.
Emergency services attended the scene and the child was taken to the hospital for treatment, but sadly died four days later on March 5.
Back in March, the 60-year-old woman from Haslingden and 78-year-old man from Burnley were arrested on suspicion of assault, and were then both re-arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this month following further enquiries.
The pair have been since been released on bail until August 18. The baby’s family are receiving support by specially-trained officers.
As they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the child’s death, police are calling on members of the public to come forward with information.
‘[We] are keen to hear from anybody who was in Towneley Park, Burnley, between 10am and 2pm on March 1 and saw a woman pushing a pram, accompanied by other children,’ Lancashire Police said in a statement.
A 60-year-old woman and 78-year-old man have been arrested for the murder of a baby boy. Lancashire Police were called to an address in Hapton, Burnley at around 1.20pm on March 1, following reports a baby had suffered from a ‘medical episode’. Pictured, Towneley Park, where police are calling on witnesses from on the day of the incident
‘In particular, we want to speak to two female dog walkers, who helped the woman and the children getting up a steep hill.
‘One of the dog walkers was a medical professional, potentially an anaesthetist, and one of the dogs was a Springer Spaniel or a similar breed.
‘We also want to speak to anybody who saw a white Mitsubishi Outlander parked in the Townley Park carpark between the times above.’
DCI Allen Davies, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: ‘First and foremost my thoughts remain with the baby’s loved ones at this extremely distressing time. We are continuing to work hard to establish exactly what led to his death.
‘Although two people have now been arrested on suspicion of murder our enquiries are very much ongoing.
‘If you saw or heard anything which could help our investigation but have not come forward yet, I would urge you to do so as soon as possible.’
Witnesses are urged to call 101, quoting log 614 of March 1, 2022 or email [email protected]