Gravesend baby assault arrest pair to remain on bail

Candlelit vigil
Image caption Two vigils have been held for the one-month-old child who remains in hospital in a critical condition

A man and a woman arrested on suspicion of assaulting a one-month-old boy from Gravesend are to remain on bail.

The baby was admitted to Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, on 1 December before being transferred to a London hospital.

According to Kent Police, he continues to be in a "critical, but stable condition".

Police have said it has not yet been possible to conduct relevant scans to assess how his injuries were caused.

Ch Supt Neil Jerome thanked the community for the "compassionate way" it had expressed its support.

He said: "Due to the baby's tender age and the medical care he is currently undergoing, it has not yet been possible to carry out the relevant scans and assessments for the police investigation.

"The baby's well-being is our top priority and, once it is safe to do so, my officers will continue with this aspect of the investigation to find out how the injuries were caused and whether criminal offences have been committed.

"Two people who were arrested in connection with this incident remain on bail whilst the investigation continues."

Two vigils have been held in the town for the injured baby and a growing number of toys, candles and cards have been left in support of him amid concern for his condition.

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