Baby death probe at ‘very early stages’

Police at the scene on Shannon Street in Blackpool Central
Police at the scene on Shannon Street in Blackpool Central
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Police are today continuing to investigate the death of a baby boy in Blackpool.

The two-month-old, who has not been named, died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday.

The Gazette understands the police investigation is still focused on how the child died.

There is no suggestion a crime has taken place at this stage and no arrests have been made.

The baby was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital by ambulance after paramedics were called to Shannon Street, in the town centre, on Wednesday morning.

Police were called by the ambulance service at around 8.30am. A Lancashire Police spokesman said the child is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest at the terraced home.

The death is still being treated as “unexplained” and detectives were waiting for the results of a post mortem exam, which has not yet been carried out when The Gazette inquired last night.

A police car that had been parked outside the Shannon Street property on Wednesday had gone yesterday.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “There have not been any arrests. We are still looking into it.”

The force added that the investigation was still in the “very early stages” as detectives work to establish the circumstances surrounding the death. Once they have done that, they will decide whether to pursue a criminal investigation.

Blackpool Council said it is assisting police with their inquiries. A spokesman added: “We are made aware of every child death that happens in Blackpool. We are aware of this incident and we are working with police.”

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