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Charlotte Bevan: Probe will follow tragic deaths of mother and newborn baby

By Claire Hayhurst

A serious case review is expected to take place following the deaths of a mother and her newborn baby girl who went missing from a maternity hospital.

Charlotte Bevan (30), who suffered from mental health issues, vanished from St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck at around 9pm on Tuesday.

CCTV images showed Ms Bevan walking in hospital slippers with her four-day-old daughter wrapped in a blanket out of the hospital without being stopped.

A police helicopter located Ms Bevan's body two miles away in the Avon Gorge on Wednesday night, while the body of a baby was found nearby on Thursday.

Ms Bevan's body was formally identified on Thursday, while the identity of the newborn baby girl was confirmed as her daughter Zaani yesterday.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "The body of a baby girl found in the Avon Gorge in Bristol has now been formally identified as Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck.

"The body of Zaani's mother Charlotte Bevan, which was also found in the Avon Gorge, was formally identified on Thursday."

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