Portsmouth baby murder arrests: Three women under investigation over infant girl's death

THREE women arrested on suspicion of conspiring to murder a baby found dead in the street remain under investigation.

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 11:34 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 5:35 pm

The trio were held when officers last month raided a property in All Saints Road, in Buckland, just a few minutes' walk from where an infant girl was found dead on the corner of Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road in January.

The tragic discovery was made near Charles Dickens’ birthplace at around 6.18am on January 25 when a nearby resident spotted the girl wrapped in a yellow towel.

Detectives arrested three women aged 39, 21 and 20, all from Portsmouth, on May 12 and questioned them until they were released a day later.

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Police remove two mattresses from the property in All Saints Road, Buckland, following the arrest of three women on May 12. Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency

Two mattresses were seen being taken from the terraced property being searched after the arrests. The home has since been boarded up.

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It is likely that forensic work is being undertaken while the trio are released from custody.

Any seized mobile phones, computers and tablets will also be examined by digital experts as part of the investigation.

A house boarded up in All Saints Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, on Friday, May 15 2020 following the investigation of a baby's death in January. Picture: Habibur Rahman

A Hampshire police spokesman declined to confirm if those examinations are taking place, but they are common in criminal investigations.

He said: ‘There are a number of enquiries that remain ongoing but we won’t be going into the specific nature of these – we will provide further updates when we’re in a position to do so.’

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