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Mother charged with murdering newborn baby

A mother has been charged with murdering her newborn baby at a house in West Sussex.

Ginaite Suminaite, 29, was arrested after an ambulance was called to an address in Bognor Regis where a baby girl was confirmed dead at the scene, Sussex Police said.

Suminaite, was taken to St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, for urgent medical treatment. After being released by the hospital, she was arrested and charged on suspicion of murder.

She will appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Sussex Police confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the baby's death.



Victim's relatives urge villagers to 'please help' with DNA samples

Nigel Acres, the partner of Valerie Graves' sister, said: "We would ask anyone who is eligible to attend one of the screening sessions and give their DNA. "This is a difficult case and we know the police are doing all they can to solve it. "The DNA screening is an important part of the investigation. Please help."

Valerie Graves. Credit: Sussex Police

The police are doing all they can to solve this. I would encourage all men in the area to come forward to give their DNA. I have given mine and it is so easy. You just open your mouth for a few seconds for the swab and roll your thumb across a pad for your thumbprint to be taken.

– Myles Cullen, Chichester District Councillor for Bosham

The DNA screening sessions are taking place at the Millstream Hotel today and tomorrow, and from Monday 2nd February to Saturday 7th February and from Tuesday 10th February to Sunday 15th February. All sessions are from 10am to 8pm.

Artist Valerie Graves, 55, was found dead in a ground floor bedroom of a house she was looking after for friends on 30th December 201

Extensive murder investigation yields no suspects

Today's DNA screening is a last resort for Sussex Police who have interviewed more than 9,500 people as part of the extensive inquiry into the murder of Valerie Graves.

A police notice is seen in the street where the murder happened in December 2013 Credit: PA

A BBC Crimewatch appeal and a £20,000 reward have failed to yield any suspects or charges.

On the first-year anniversary of the murder last month, officers handed out leaflets and put up posters about the DNA screening.

Graves' death shocked the small community of Bosham, which featured in an episode of the ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders.

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