Police investigation after one-month-old baby dies from 'critical' injuries
An investigation has been launched into the death of a one-month-old baby after emergency services were called to a house in Somerset over the weekend.
Police were called by paramedics attending a house in Helliers Road, Chard, just before 11.30pm on Saturday 16 July, after reports a baby had fallen ill.
The baby was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
A statement issued by Avon and Somerset Police said that following a medical assessment of the baby’s injuries, officers arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
He was interviewed and later released on bail.
A 24-year-old woman has also been arrested and subsequently released under investigation.
On Saturday night, 23 July, it was confirmed the baby had died in hospital.
DCI Simon Dewfall said: "We’re carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this tragic incident, which will seek to determine how and why this baby has suffered these injuries.
"Specialist liaison officers are supporting the baby’s family during this incredibly difficult time.
"While we’re treating this as an isolated incident, we know this will be of significant concern to the local community. We’d like to encourage any residents with any questions or worries to speak an officer with their Neighbourhood Policing team."
Anyone with information should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222169502.