THURSDAY 11PM: Sixteen-year-old charged with baby murder

A 16-year-old local woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder in relation to the death of a baby at an address in Hadrian Drive, Baston, between September 3 and September 4.

She has been remanded in custody to appear at Grantham Magistrates Court court tomorrow morning (Friday).

Hadrian Drive, Baston, where the baby died.

Hadrian Drive, Baston, where the baby died.

THURSDAY 5PM: There have been no fresh developments in the Baston baby murder probe today, with a police spokesman telling the Lincolnshire Free Press that the 16-year-old suspect is still helping police with their enquiries.

We will update this story as soon as we have any more information.

WEDNESDAY 6PM: The 16-year-old local girl arrested in connection with the murder investigation into the death of a newborn baby is “still helping police with their inquiries”.

Detectives investigating the baby boy’s death in Baston had experienced delays in interviewing the teenager after she required medical treatment in hospital.

Hadrian Drive, Baston, where the baby died.

Hadrian Drive, Baston, where the baby died.

The officer leading the “horrific and very sad” enquiry explained the delays after the girl was arrested on Saturday morning following the discovery of the body on Thursday.

Det Supt Tony Heydon, from the East Midlands major crime team, said: “We have made an arrest and we continue to interview the suspect in connection with the murder.

“The 16-year-old was interviewed and was then receiving medical treatment before being released back into the custody of the police.”

He said many Baston residents had been interviewed since police were called to the address in Hadrian Drive at 1.51am last Thursday after a report that a new-born baby had died Thursday.

Searches had since been carried out which had recovered some “particularly vital information”.

“The murder of a newborn child is always sad, tragic and distressing but we will continue to do what we can to find out the full circumstances because the family need to know what’s happened.”

In a bid to reassure people of the isolated nature of the incident, Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been in contact with community leaders and foot patrols have been carried out.

“This particular matter is very contained and we are not looking for anyone else.”

Det Supt Heydon also spoke of the grief being experienced by the tragic tot’s family. “We have been supporting the family who are clearly devastated.

“Officers are supporting them and I am sure in time they will come to terms with these horrible events.

“They have been remarkable people.”

Police have not been able to say precisely how old the baby was but have confirmed he had not been named.

A post mortem carried out on Friday revealed the cause of death was an obstruction of the airway.

Anyone who thinks they have information that could help the enquiry should call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 33 of September 5, or call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.

TUESDAY 5.30PM: Detectives investigating the death of a newborn baby boy have experienced further delays in their efforts to interview a 16-year-old girl in connection with the incident.

On Saturday morning they arrested the girl as part of a murder investigation, but she has since been receiving medical treatment in hospital.

A police spokesman told the Spalding Guardian this evening: “Due to delays in the interview process we will be unable to provide the public with an update today.”

Further news is expected tomorrow afternoon.

MONDAY 7PM – VIDEO UPDATE: The detective leading the Baston newborn baby murder inquiry has spoken to spaldingtoday.co.uk about the case.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Heydon has explained why the police have yet to fully interview the 16-year-old girl arrested in connection with the death. See the full video here.

MONDAY 4PM: Police will tomorrow interview the 16-year-old girl arrested after the death a newborn baby.

The teenager was arrested on Saturday but preliminary interviews were curtailed because she needed medical treatment.

Police have now confirmed the baby was a boy, although they cannot say precisely how old he was. He had not been named.

SUNDAY 10PM: The murder investigation into the death of a newborn baby in Baston continued today (Sunday).

Officers are now in a position to confirm that the cause of death was an obstruction of the airway.

Police were called to an address in Hadrian Drive, Baston, at 1.51am on Thursday, September 5 after a report that a new-born baby had died. Officers attended the scene and recovered the body of a new-born baby boy.

Yesterday (Saturday) a 16-year-old local woman was arrested in connection with the incident. She is still helping police with their enquiries.

EMSOU Temp/DCI Tony Heydon said there would be a police presence in the village while initial enquiries were carried out.

“Our officers have been in the area over the weekend investigating this tragic set of circumstances,” he said.

“Although we are unable to release any more details at this stage we can reassure the public that we are not looking for outstanding suspects, we are simply gathering evidence and piecing together the sequence of events over the last couple of days.

“If anyone thinks they can help our investigation I would urge them to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 33 of September 5, or call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.

SATURDAY, 11AM: Police have launched a murder enquiry after the death of a baby in Baston.

Officers were called to an address in Hadrian Drive, Baston, at 1.51am on Thursday after a report that a new-born baby had died. Officers attended the scene and recovered the body of a new-born baby boy.

Extensive enquiries and a Home Office post mortem were carried out yesterday. This morning (Saturday) a 16-year-old local woman was arrested in connection with the incident and she is helping police with their enquiries. At this stage police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.