Probe over baby deaths at hospital
An investigation has been launched into "a number" of baby deaths at a hospital, police said.
The probe follows the death of Joshua Titcombe nine days after his birth at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria in October 2008.
An inquest in June ruled the baby died of natural causes but that midwives had repeatedly missed opportunities to spot and treat a serious infection.
It is not yet clear exactly how many deaths the investigation will look into.
Detective Inspector Doug Marshall said: "Cumbria Constabulary is continuing an investigation into a number of deaths that occurred after mothers and infants received care at the maternity unit in Furness General Hospital.
"The investigation began following the death of nine-day-old Joshua Titcombe from Dalton and, following a scoping exercise, detectives widened their investigation to include a number of other deaths."
He added: "The inquiries are detailed and complex so it is too early to determine exactly which of these cases, or how many others, the investigation may include as it progresses.
"Fifteen detectives are working on the investigation from major incident rooms that have been set up in Penrith and Barrow. Family liaison officers have also been assigned to families to ensure they are supported and kept informed as inquiries continue."
Tony Halsall, chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are not aware of any further developments with the investigation into the tragic death of Joshua Titcombe or the widening of this investigation to include any other cases.
"If the police wish to contact us, we would co-operate fully to assist them."