Mum wanted for toddler's death

Thames Valley Police say they are trying to trace the mother of a two year old girl in connection with her death.

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Inquest into toddler's death

An inquest will be opened tomorrow into the death of a toddler who was found dead at her home in Bicester.

Sarah Dahane was found by police in Herald Way, Glory Farm, last Thursday.

Police said yesterday that the death was being treated as murder and that her mother Angela Whitworth, who is believed to have fled to Kenya, is a suspect.

The inquest will be opened by the Oxfordshire Coroner at Oxford's County Hall.

This investigation is on-going and we will continue to gather evidence to determine how and why Sarah died. We are working with the Crown Prosecution Service to consider appropriate options including the potential for possible extradition proceedings in the future.

– Ian Hunter, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector


REPORT: Mother wanted for Toddler death 'could have fled to Kenya'

Detectives have confirmed they are treating the death of a baby girl as murder and they have named her mother as the suspect.

But Thames Valley officers have also revealed they believe she has fled to Kenya. The body of Sarah Dahane, who was just 20 months, was discovered in a house in Bicester five days ago.

There were ongoing proceedings between her mother and father over her custody. This from Kate Bunkall who speaks to Det Ch Insp Ian Hunter

Social Services 'involved' with toddler's family

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that they had 'limited involvement' with the family of Sarah Dahane in 2012.

The county council was not in contact with the family of Sarah Dahane in the months leading up to this tragic incident, but did previously have limited involvement which ended in June 2012. We cannot comment further except to say that we will be supporting the police with their enquiries in any way that we can.

– Statement from Oxfordshire County Council Social Services team


Mother named as murder suspect

Police have confirmed that Angela Whitworth is a murder suspect after her 20-month-old Sarah Dahane was found dead at an address in Bicester.

At a press conference a short time ago Thames Valley Police said the girl was probably murdered and that they are hunting her mother.

Child death: Police statement

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Ch Insp Ian Hunter said: “I would like to thank the residents and community in Glory Farm for their patience and cooperation whilst we have been conducting searches and enquiries.

“We recognise the distress that can be caused as we respond to such sad incidents.

“Our detailed and thorough investigation continues to piece together the events as we seek to identify why and how Sarah Dahane died.”

The investigation to establish the exact location of Sarah’s mother continues.

Child death: Mum search continues

Police investigating the death of a 20-month-old child are still searching for her missing mother.

Sarah Dahane's body was found at her home in Herald Way, Glory Farm, Bicester on Thursday.

Thames Valley Police said today that searches have been completed at the house in Herald Way and police officers who have been guarding the scene have now left.

One line of inquiry is that Sarah's mother has gone to Kenya.

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