Buckland baby: 'No criminal act' identified over infant girl's death as police charge Portsmouth woman with hiding birth

POLICE have said ‘no criminal act’ was identified in relation to the death of a child found dead on a Portsmouth street.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 5:42 pm

It comes after the infant girl was found on January 25, 2020 just after 6am sparking a murder investigation.

Police arrested three women in May, some four months after the discovery at the corner of Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road, Buckland, near Charles Dickens’ birthplace.

As reported earlier today, Lisa Blagden is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

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Police launched an investigation after a newborn baby was found dead in Old Commercial Road at the junction with Victoria Street in Buckland on Saturday, January 25 2020 at 6.18am. Picture: Keith Woodland (250120-7)

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The 21-year-old, of Eastern Road in Milton, Portsmouth, had been charged with concealing the birth of the girl between December 27 in 2019 and January 25 last year.

The charge alleges she ‘endeavoured to conceal the birth of a child of which you had been delivered by the secret disposition of the dead body of the said child’.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Our enquiries throughout 2020 did not identify any evidence of a criminal act in relation to the death of the baby girl.’

The force made its statement following a hearing in court on Thursday.

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