Young couple arrested after eight-month-old baby dies in hospital of ‘multiple injuries’


A young couple have been arrested after an eight-month-old baby was found dead.

The little boy was found seriously injured at his home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on Tuesday, after police were called regarding the child’s welfare.

The baby – who was a twin – was rushed to hospital from the terraced house on Rooley Moor Road, Spotland, but died on Thursday.

The Manchester Evening News reports baby’s parents, Craig Dawick, 25, and Chantelle Flynn, 24, have both been arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Mr Dawick was also arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detectives were this morning granted another 24 hours to detain the couple.

Ms Flynn’s devastated mother was said to be too distressed to talk about the tragedy and was being comforted by friends and family.

As forensic officers carried out investigations inside the property floral tributes and soft toys have been left outside the home together with numerous moving messages of support.

One tribute read: So very sad. RIP little man.

Another said: Safe in God’s arms. God bless you.

A mother had also placed a poem with a bunch of sunflowers.

It read: I never saw your face, I never knew your name. Your little life extinguished, like a candle flame.

May you light the skies in heaven, burn bright for all to see, you’re safer where you are now.

No pain, no fear, you’re free. From a mum.

Jill McGregor, assistant director, children’s social care at Rochdale Council, said: We are aware of this tragic death and are working closely with GMP in the early stages of the investigation.

Due to the ongoing nature of these injuries it would not be appropriate to comment further.

Detective Chief Inspector, Jamie Daniels from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: ‘This is a deeply distressing investigation involving a small child.

‘Our thoughts at this time are with the family, friends and all others within the local community who may be affected by this incident.

‘If anyone has any information that may assist the investigation please call 101’

News Source MirrorNews

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