Injured Gravesend baby 'not sexually assaulted'

Candlelit vigil
Image caption Residents held vigils for the baby boy who was taken to hospital on 1 December

A baby boy from Gravesend who was admitted to hospital with serious injuries in December had not been sexually assaulted, police have said.

Kent Police said medical professionals had found no evidence of sexual assault after examining the 31-day old baby.

At the time of the incident, police had to appeal for calm in the town.

Officers said some media articles had generated unhelpful rumours about the nature of the baby's injuries and increased community tension.

'Emotive case'

The child was taken to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford on 1 December before being transferred to a hospital in London.

He was released from hospital on 3 January and placed in foster care.

A 35-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assault in Gravesend remain on bail.

Ch Supt Neil Jerome said officers were continuing to investigate how the baby came to be injured.

He said: "This is a very emotive case and the investigation is ongoing."

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