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Woman held in baby murder probe

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a baby in a garden, police have said.

The baby, named Aliyah by police, was found wrapped in a shawl in a garden in Tinline Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, on September 6.

A 25-year-old woman was arrested, police said. She has been assessed by a doctor and declared fit to be interviewed, and remains in custody, a spokesman added.

A house in Alfred Street, Bury, is currently being examined by police.

Officers believe the woman is the baby's mother, said Detective Superintendent Sam Haworth, of Greater Manchester Police.

"We have made significant progress on the investigation over the last couple of days and this has led us to make the arrest this morning.

"At this stage it is too soon to go into the finer points of the investigation, but we are confident we have found baby Aliyah's mother.

"We are now ensuring she receives any medical help that she might require and she is also getting the best possible support from specially trained officers."

The name Aliyah, meaning beautiful in Arabic, was given to the baby by detectives. She was wrapped in a black and pink zebra print scarf when she was discovered by a member of the public three weeks ago.

She had been carefully placed over the wall of the front garden. Paramedics were called but the baby was pronounced dead at the scene.


From Belfast Telegraph