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Man held after mother and baby murdered

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother and her nine-month-old son, police said today.

The bodies of the 25-year-old woman and her baby - who have not been named by police - were discovered at their home in Birmingham at around 10.30am today.

West Midlands Police arrested a 28-year-old man, known to both victims, in Dudley at around 5.15pm.

Officers said there had previously been contact between police and the suspect, who has not been named.

They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident on Chells Grove, Billesley.

A friend of the woman, who did not want to be named, said: "It's really shocking. They think she's been dead since Friday."

A neighbour commented: "She was a very private woman. She went out to work at 7am. Her boyfriend was always babysitting."

She is believed to have an older daughter who was not in the house at the time of the attack.

A police cordon blocked the entrance to the street tonight as forensic investigators scoured the scene.

Superintendent Andy Shipman said: "Today's awful murders will of course send shock waves through the community. My thoughts are with the family of those involved.

"Local officers will be highly visible in the area throughout tonight and into the coming week, speaking to residents and reassuring local people. If you have any information that you think may be of value to this inquiry, please approach these officers and share that with them.

"I want to reassure the community that a man has been arrested and we believe there is no ongoing threat to the public."

A post-mortem examination has not yet taken place.

Officers were called to the scene after neighbours became concerned about the safety of those inside the house.

A police spokesman said a serious case review and a domestic homicide review are likely to be carried out, while police watchdog the IPCC was voluntarily informed "due to previous contact between police and the person in custody".

Superintendent Jo Chilton said: "This is a terrible crime and my thoughts are with the family of the victims who have been left devastated by today's events.

"We have a man in custody and are not looking for anyone else, but I am keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone who may have seen anything which could assist our investigation.

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