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Baby found dead in gorge 'was identified by wristband'

A four-day-old baby who was found dead with her mother at Avon Gorge in Bristol was identified by her hospital wristband, an inquest has heard.

Flowers left near to where the bodies of Charlotte Bevan and her daughter Zaani Tiana were found. Credit: ITV News

Avon Coroner's Court was told post-mortem examinations had been carried out on Charlotte Bevan and her daughter, Zaani Tiana, by a Home Office registered pathologist, but further tests were required.

No members of Ms Bevan's family were present at the 10 minute hearing, which was opened by Assistant Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing.

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Inquest: Mother and baby 'found lifeless after falling'

Charlotte Bevan

An inquest has opened and been adjourned into the death of a mother and baby who's bodies were found in the Avon Gorge in Bristol.

No cause of death was given at the inquest in Flax Bourton, but coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said that both bodies were "found lifeless after apparently falling". The inquest will be held on April 16.

Thirty-year-old Charlotte Bevan left St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana at around 9pm on December 2. CCTV footage showed the new mother leaving the hospital without a coat, wearing hospital slippers, carrying her daughter in a blanket.

Search teams located the bodies of Ms Bevan and Zaani on the Avon Gorge on December 3 and 4 respectively.

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Inquest into baby and mother found dead in gorge to open

An inquest into the deaths of a mother and newborn baby found dead after going missing from a maternity hospital is due to open today.

Charlotte Bevan Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

New mother Charlotte Bevan, aged 30, walked out of St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana on December 2, wearing hospital slippers and no coat.

They were both found in the Avon Gorge in the following days.

A funeral for the pair will be held at Christ Church in Clifton at 1pm on Friday.

Body of baby girl who went missing with mother identified

The body of a baby girl who went missing with her mother has been formally identified as missing Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck, police said.

A CCTV image of Charlotte Bevan leaving a Bristol hospital with her four-day-old daughter. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Her body was discovered in the same area of the Avon Gorge in Bristol as her mother Charlotte Bevan, who suffered from mental health issues.

Ms Bevan, 30, and her four-day-old daughter vanished from St Michael's Hospital on Tuesday.

CCTV images showed Bevan walking in hospital slippers with her daughter Zaani wrapped in a blanket out of the hospital.

Twelve police staff face Ebrahimi misconduct claims

Twelve police staff face misconduct proceedings following a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the treatment of Bijan Ebrahimi.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary will issue disciplinary proceedings against a police sergeant and four members of police control room staff over claims of gross misconduct.

Five other officers and two members of police control room staff will also face action over alleged misconduct.

One more member of police control room would have faced gross misconduct but has resigned from the force.

One other police constable who had been subject to investigation was found to have no case to answer.

The IPCC said it is looking at six years of police contact with Ebrahimi prior to his death.

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Ebrahimi family 'relieved' as police officers charged

Bijan Ebrahimi was beaten to death and his body set on fire in 2013.

The family of a disabled man who was brutally murdered because some neighbours wrongly believed he was a paedophile have said they are "relieved" after charges were announced against police officers over his treatment.

Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was beaten to death and his body set on fire by neighbour Lee James in Bristol on 14 July last year after his neighbours wrongly believed the claims.

James, of Capgrave Crescent, Brislington, was given a life sentence for murder, while Stephen Norley, who lived next door, received four years in prison for assisting an offender.

Three police constables and a police community support officer have today been charged with misconduct in a public office following the death.

In a statement, Ebrahimi's family: "We are relieved by this decision and trust the officers will now face the full rigour of the law."

Police officers charged after wrongly-accused man's murder

Three police constables and a police community support officer are to be charged with misconduct in a public office following the death of a man in Bristol in 2013.

Bijan Ebrahimi was murdered in July last year because his neighbours wrongly believed him to be a paedophile. Two men have since been jailed in connection with the crime.

Three Avon and Somerset Constabulary PCs - Kevin Duffy, Helen Harris and Leanne Winter - are now to face criminal proceedings for allegedly failing to respond to his calls for help, the Crown Prosecution said.

PCSO Andrew Passmore will be charged over allegations he gave false information to the 999 operator that he was outside Ebrahimi's home at an important time.

He will also be charged with perverting the course of justice.

All four will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court for a preliminary hearing on 14 January 2015.

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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