A man and a woman have been arrested after the death of a young child, believed to be about a year old.
Emergency services were called to Geoff Seaden Close in Colchester on Sunday morning, following concerns for the welfare of a child.
Police officers and the ambulance service arrived at the house shortly after 10.20am but were unable to resuscitate the child.
A man and a woman, who were not related to the child, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and child neglect.
The pair have been been released on bail.
In a statement Essex Police said: "An investigation will now take place into the circumstances surrounding the child’s death and a post-mortem examination will take place.
"Specialist officers are supporting the child’s parents at this time," it added.
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