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Open verdict after deaths of Merthyr mother and baby

An open verdict has been recorded at inquest after a mother and baby were found dead at their home in Merthyr Tydfil last July.

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Merthyr deaths: 'A loving, caring mother' say family

The family of Joanne Thomas and her baby Harper, say they will be 'sorely missed'. Credit: Wales News Service.

The family of 27-year-old Joanne Thomas and her four-month-old baby Harper, whose bodies were discovered at an address in Church Street, Troedyrhiw on Wednesday have paid a short tribute to them.

They have described Joanne as being, “a bubbly, sociable, and kind hearted person. She was a loving and caring mother to her children. Joanne and baby Harper will be sorely missed by all her family and friends.”

The police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing. Officers await the results of a Home Office Post Mortem to determine the cause of the deaths which at this stage are being treated as unexplained.

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, said: “I’d like to thank the local community for their co-operation so far and my appeal to them continues. We are still keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Joanne and baby Harper in the past few weeks to come forward.

"Our thoughts are with Joanne’s family. Specially trained officers are providing them with support at this difficult time.”Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 02920 527 303.

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