Pair arrested over death of baby in Colchester


The outside of Seatrade House, North Station Road, Colchester

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Emergency services were called to Seatrade House, North Station Road, Colchester on Tuesday

By Christiana Bishop

BBC News, Essex

A man and a woman have been arrested by police investigating the death of a five-month-old baby who had been living in temporary accommodation.

Police were called to Seatrade House, North Station Road, Colchester, shortly after 06:15 BST on Tuesday, following concerns over the welfare of a baby.

The infant was taken to hospital, but later died.

Essex Police said the baby’s death was being treated as unexpected and would be further investigated.

It added: “A 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child and released under investigation whilst our inquiries continue.”

A spokesperson for East of England Ambulance Service said two ambulances and an ambulance officer vehicle were sent to the address following reports of an infant with a medical emergency.

“The infant was transported to Colchester General Hospital,” the spokesperson added.

A spokesperson from Colchester Borough Homes said: “We are deeply saddened by the reported death of a baby living in temporary accommodation in Colchester. Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected at this difficult time.

“This is a pending investigation, and we await confirmation and further details from the police.

“We would like to assure our residents in temporary accommodation that we are here to support you.

“If you have any concerns for the welfare of a child, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01206 282514. We can offer a range of support and assistance.”

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