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British mum arrested in France after baby's holiday death in Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle

By Harriet Agerholm

Published 05/09/2016

A mother from the UK has reportedly been arrested in the south of France after her five-month-old baby was discovered dead during a family holiday
A mother from the UK has reportedly been arrested in the south of France after her five-month-old baby was discovered dead during a family holiday

A mother from the UK has reportedly been arrested in the south of France after her five-month-old baby was discovered dead during a family holiday.

The woman was reportedly on holiday with her husband and her two children - aged five months and three years old - in Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle, a village in the Basque province of Labourd.

On the last day of their week-long break, the father reportedly woke up early and left the room the family were sharing. After he returned and the mother woke around 9am, he found the baby was dead and contacted the emergency services, according to preliminary information.

She was arrested on Saturday and was being held in police custody. A coroner said the death was not from natural causes, according to Sud Ouest.

Deputy prosecutor Marc Mariee told AFP investigators "very quickly" focused on the mother.

A port-mortem will be carried out next week.

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