Man and woman arrested in Bolton over death of baby son

Alder Hey Hospital
Image caption The baby died at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

A Bolton couple have been arrested on suspicion of murdering their six-week-old son.

The baby died at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool on Friday after he was transferred from Royal Bolton Hospital.

The boy's parents, a 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man from Heaton, are being questioned by detectives.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was conducted on Monday but further tests are being carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

Paramedics were called to the family home on Thursday.

The couple are also being quizzed on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the death.

Det Ch Insp Dave Warren said: "Tragically a very young baby has died and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

"We are in the very early stages of this investigation but I want to reassure all those close to the baby and the local community that we are doing everything we can to establish the full circumstances leading up to and surrounding his death."

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