Murder probe after baby's death, coroner confirms

PUBLISHED: 17:11 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

Officers seal couple's flat after baby's death

Officers seal couple's flat after baby's death

A MUM and dad have been arrested after their baby boy died of a head injury at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The anguished couple were held by detectives at a London police station on Tuesday night, just hours after their 11-month-old son died. Police were today (Wednesday) awaiting post-mortem results and treating the death as suspicious.

By Julia Gregory

MURDER inquiries are continuing into the death of an 11-month-old baby boy, an inquest hearing has been told.

The head injuries suffered by Mohammed Uddin were “inconsistent” with what the parents told police, a senior detective told the Poplar coroner.

Det Ins Keith Braithwaite told the hearing: “The injuries that were presented by the child were inconsistent with the account of the parents.”

Two people were bailed by police following the child’s death after being taken to the Royal London Hospital from their home in Hunton-street in Spitalfields on June 10.

Mohammed was transferred to Gt Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, where he died later.

A 22-year-old woman and 25-year-old man were subsequently held for questioning at Holborn police station before being released on bail until October.

A post mortem carried out by a paediatric pathologist and a forensic pathologist at the Royal London showed death was caused by a head injury, the inquest heard.

Police applied for the inquest to be adjourned for further investigation.

The Poplar coroner Dr Andrew Reid told the detective heading the inquiry: “Because of the apparent suspicious circumstances, a murder investigation is continuing.

“Your investigation is to determine whether it’s non-accidental or whether there is an accidental’ explanation to this injury.”

This follows inquiries by the Met Police with both the Royal London and Gt Ormond Street hospitals as well as inquiries by the Poplar coroner’s office, the hearing was told. The inquest has been adjourned to December 15.

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