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Police inquiry into 'unexplained' baby death in Newtown

Police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a baby boy who suffered breathing difficulties.

The Dyfed-Powys force said officers were called to a car park in Newtown, Powys, on Wednesday after receiving reports of a baby with breathing problems.

Paramedics treated the child at the scene, but he died later at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Shropshire.

Powys coroner Peter Maddox has been informed.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "A report was received at approximately 10:10am on Wednesday, 19 May, that a baby boy was suffering breathing difficulties in Back Lane car park Newtown.

"Officers attended along with ambulance personnel, who treated the baby at scene. The baby was then transferred to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital but sadly died.

"The death is being treated as unexplained, and HM Coroner has been informed."

* An open verdict was recorded by the coroner at an inquest. A pathologist said there were no signs of harm to the eight-day-old baby, nor any congenital defects and the cause of death was inconclusive. He added that unascertained causes of death were not uncommon in cases where infants die suddenly.

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