Investigation into death of baby in Chard
J ust before 11.30pm on Saturday 16 July, Police were called to Helliers Road, Chard. They were alerted by the ambulance service after reports a baby had fallen ill. The baby, a one month old, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
A medical assessment of the baby’s injuries was carried out. Following this, officers arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of causing “grievous bodily harm with intent”. He was interviewed and released on bail. A 24-year-old woman has also been arrested. She has been released under investigation.
Sadly, on Saturday night (July 23) it was confirmed the baby had died in hospital. Police are now carrying out an investigation into the death.
DCI Simon Dewfall told us: “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.”
Police are treating this as an isolated incident.
DCI Dewfall again “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. If anyone has information which you think our investigation team need to know, please call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222169502.”