Baby's Body in Drain for 'Some Time'

12 February 2016, 15:00

Humberside Police

The body of a baby found by a plumber in a drain in Grimsby may have been there "for some time'', police said.

Detectives launched an investigation on Thursday after being called to a property in Scartho Road, Grimsby.

A post-mortem due to take place on Monday will aim to find out how long the baby had been in the drain and whether it was born alive.

Officers were called at 12.50pm on Thursday after they were told the body had been found and forensic experts carried out an examination of the scene.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Bob Clark, said: "Early yesterday afternoon we attended a property in Scartho Road, Grimsby, following a report regarding the discovery of the body of a baby having been found in the drain of the rear garden.

"I can confirm that sadly this was found to be the case and early indications would suggest that the body may have been there for some time.

"A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Monday and it is hoped that this will provide the investigation with a better indication of age, whether the child was born alive or not, and ultimately how long the body had been in that location prior to discovery.''

He appealed for anyone with information to come forward by calling 101 and quoting log number 205 of February 11 2016.

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