Police in Greater Manchester have arrested a 25-year-old man after an eight-month-old baby died at a house in Rochdale. The man is being questioned on suspicion of murder and causing or allowing the death of a child. A 24-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP), a Tactical Aid Unit van and paramedics went to the house in the Spotlands area at around 9.30am on Tuesday (6 September) after receiving calls about the welfare of a child by the ambulance service. They found a baby with serious injuries inside and the ambulance rushed him to hospital where he died two days later on Thursday (8 Sept).
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".
Police were standing guard outside the house on Thursday night and a van and patrol cars were at the scene as the man and woman remained in police custody. One resident told the Manchester Evening News: "We've heard lots of rumours. But the police at the scene haven't said much about what is happening."
Most neighbours were too upset to speak to journalists. However one said to the Manchester Evening News: "It's so sad."