Two arrested on suspicion of murder in Barnsley after four-month-old baby dies from 'catastrophic injuries'

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a four-month-old baby died from "catastrophic injuries".

Police stormed a street in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, earlier this morning to arrest a 31-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man.The baby girl died at 2.50pm on Monday the 14th of September, four months after she was taken to hospital with serious injuries.Scenes of crimes officers are currently searching an address on Ashbourne Road, Athersley South, following the pair's arrest.Cops were initially called to Barnsley Hospital on May 16 after reports that a two-day-old baby had suffered catastrophic injuries.

She never recovered and died when life support was withdrawn on Monday.The suspects are currently being held in police custody and are being questioned by detectives at South Yorkshire Police.Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge, the senior investigating officer, said: "The injuries suffered by this little girl when she was just two days old were so catastrophic that she could not recover and her life support was withdrawn after four months."Our thoughts are with those affected and our specialist officers are supporting them throughout this incredibly difficult time."We have a dedicated team of officers assigned to this investigation. Two people are in custody and we are working hard to establish the exact circumstances leading up to this child's death."A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday and cause of death is unascertained, pending further medical enquiries.The police chief added that while he understood people would be shocked by the girl's death, he was keen for people to not speculate on social media.DCI Etheridge said: "I know that the local community will be shocked and deeply saddened to hear of her death and it's important that people feel able to talk about their concerns but I urge everyone to be mindful of what they post on social media, and not to speculate onwhat may have occurred."If you have information that may assist, it's important that this is passed to the police to form part of the investigation."


Anyone with concerns or information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 207 of September 16.