Police arrest man, 33, on suspicion of murder after baby dies at London flat

Ruth McKee
Police sealed off the area surrounding the scene of the incident in Finsbury Park while investigating. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of murder after the death of a baby at a flat in north London on Saturday night.

Murder squad detectives had been hunting for Bidhya Sagar Das in the aftermath of the incident. After appealing for help in tracking down the suspect, they arrested him not far from the scene of the incident on Sunday evening.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Finsbury Park in London just after 11pm on Saturday night. They found a one-year-old baby boy and a baby girl, believed to be his twin sister, with serious injuries. Both were rushed to hospital, where the boy later died. His sister remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Det Ch Insp Dave Whellams, of the homicide and major crime command, said: “This is clearly a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the two young children. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, a baby boy sadly died in the early hours of this morning. A baby girl currently remains in a critical condition and is receiving specialist medical care.

“Whilst we remain in the early stages of the investigation, a man has now been arrested. I would still like to hear from anyone who may have any information regarding this terrible incident.”

Mihai Manea, who lived on the second floor of the building, said the toddlers were twins who lived on the top floor. “It’s really tense,” she said. “There’s police coming and going all the time.”

A woman living opposite the building where the children were found, who gave her name as Gui Gui, said she heard a woman shouting late on Saturday night and opened the window to offer help.

“I was watching TV,” she said. “I heard someone was shouting. She kept on shouting. I do not know what she was shouting. I opened the window and I asked her: ‘Can I help you, can I call the police for you?’ She said: ‘My kids’.”

Anyone with information can call 020 8345 3775 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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