Parents arrested after two-day-old baby died of 'catastrophic injuries'

A mum and dad of a baby who died four months after suffering ‘catastrophic injuries’ have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Keira-Mae was just two days old when she was rushed to hospital on May 16 from their home in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

But the baby girl never recovered from her injuries and her life support machine was turned off just before 3pm on Monday.

Parents Aimee, 31, and Alex Jones, 38, have been arrested and will now be questioned by police about the circumstances.

Aimee posted on her Facebook page in July saying: ‘Our baby girl Keira-Mae has been in intensive care since 16th May 2020. We were recently told to start making memories with her, and our minds were blank as to what kind of things we could do.’

The mum and dad run a dog kennel business from their semi-detached home in Athersley. Neighbours said they were caring for around 16 dogs in the back garden.

One neighbour said: ‘My girlfriend spoke to Aimee a few times recently and Aimee was saying that doctors at the hospital wanted to turn off her daughter’s life support machine because she was not very well.

‘We never saw them bring the little girl home and don’t know how she got injured.’

Another said: ‘It is a horrible thing to happen and I feel so sorry for the little girl.’

South Yorkshire Police said a woman, 31, and a man, 38, both from Athersley, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge 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little girl when she was just two days old were so catastrophic that she could not recover and her life support was withdrawn after four months.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.’

He added: ‘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 on what may have occurred’.

Anyone with information is urged to contact 101.

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