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Questions remain over death of Charlotte Bevan and baby

A mother who walked out of a Bristol maternity hospital with her newborn baby have both been found dead.

The bodies of Charlotte Bevan and her daughter Zaani were discovered in the Avon Gorge, near the city's Clifton Suspension bridge.

Bristol hospital trust has launched a review to find out if their deaths could have been prevented.

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman reports:

Hospital 'could not have stopped' Charlotte Bevan leaving

Hospital officials where Charlotte Bevan and baby Zaani Tiana went missing from have said they could not have stopped them from leaving.

A spokeswoman said access to maternity wards at St Michael's Hospital is restricted but patients are able to release the doors from the inside to let themselves out.

Women who are identified through screening as potentially being at risk have consultant-led care, involvement of appropriate mental health teams as necessary and involvement of their GP.

Women who are so severely mentally ill that it is thought that they are a danger to themselves or others would be cared for in a mental health facility until they need midwifery or obstetric care, when they would come to the obstetric unit for as long as they need obstetric input.

– St Michael's Hospital spokeswoman

Patients are free to come and go from the hospital as long as there are no legal restrictions on their movements.

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Family issue tribute for Charlotte Bevan and her baby

Family members have issued a tribute for Charlotte Bevan and her baby after they were found dead in Bristol.

Family issue tribute for Charlotte Bevan and her baby

My beautiful daughter and granddaughter are now at peace. The family would like to thank all the friends of Pascal, Charlotte and Zaani, some of whom we have only met today.

We would also like to say thank you for all the messages from everyone.

We wish to thank all the hospital staff at St Michael’s and the mental healthcare team, past and present.

The response and support from the public has been overwhelming and we would like to thank you all.

We would also like to give our thanks to Avon and Somerset police and the volunteers from Avon Search and Rescue.

We thank the press for their help and ask that we now be left in peace to grieve.

– Family tribute

Police: Charlotte Bevan case 'dreadful and awful'

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp described the case as "dreadful, awful, frustrating" during a press conference overlooking the Avon Gorge where the bodies were found.

I regret to inform you that a short time ago on the cliff face close to Charlotte, the body of a small baby girl has been found.

No formal identification has so far taken place but we anticipate that it is going to be Charlotte's daughter.

This is a dreadful, awful, frustrating business and our thoughts are with the family at this time.

We will be conducting an investigation on behalf of the coroner. At the moment we are not treating either death as suspicious.

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp

Baby girl's body found in Charlotte Bevan case

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that the body of a baby girl has been found at the search site at the Avon Gorge.

Police said the body of a baby girl has been found at a search site in Avon Gorge. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Officers said that although formal identification has not yet taken place, they are confident the body found is that of five-day-old Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck.

Earlier police confirmed that the body of a woman found in Avon Gorge in Bristol was that of missing mother Charlotte Bevan.

Hospital announces review after missing mother's body found

The hospital where tragic mother Charlotte Bevan gave birth to her daughter before going missing has announced a review into her care, following the discovery of her body.

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Charlotte Bevan and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family.

While it remains unclear as to how Charlotte died, we will be conducting a thorough review of the care Charlotte and her baby received to see if there was anything we could have done to prevent this tragic and unexplained death.

We continue to work closely with other agencies who are continuing to search for Charlotte's baby daughter.

– University Hospitals Bristol Trust spokeswoman

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Body of woman found identified as Charlotte Bevan

The body of a woman found in the Avon Gorge in Bristol has been formally identified as missing mother Charlotte Bevan, ITV News understands.

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Climbers aid in search operation for missing Bristol baby

Climbers have joined in the search for a new-born baby who went missing on Tuesday.

Avon and Somerset Police have told ITV News West Country they are concentrating their search in the Avon Gorge area, where a woman's body was found late last night. Formal identification is expected today.

Climbers join in search for missing baby Credit: ITV News

The Portway, a main route into Bristol city centre, and nearby Bridge Valley Road has been closed by police.

South Wales police are to aid the operation along with specialist police dogs.

Specialist search dogs help hunt for missing mum and baby

Specialist search dogs from South Wales Police have been drafted in as detectives continue the search for missing mother Charlotte Bevan and her newborn baby daughter.

Teams are concentrating efforts around the Avon Gorge, where the body of a woman was found late last night. Formal identification has not yet taken place.

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