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Pair arrested after dead baby found in car park in Wolverhampton

The Guardian - Mon Apr 12 16:31

Two people have been arrested after a newborn baby was found dead in a supermarket car park, West Midlands police have said.

A 21-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the baby boy’s death and are currently in custody.

Police issued an appeal to find the baby’s mother after the child was discovered by a member of the public outside a Morrisons in Bilston, Wolverhampton on Sunday morning.

The mother has been identified and was taken to hospital to receive appropriate care, the force said.

Police are investigating the circumstances in which the baby died and said a postmortem examination would be carried out on the child, who was not thought to be at full term.

DI Tim Draper from West Midlands police public protection unit said: “This was a devastating discovery, which I know has shocked and saddened many people.

“I understand this is an emotive event, however, I’d ask people not to speculate on the circumstances of this tragedy. It’s unhelpful to our investigation, which we are working through with dignity and care.”