Murder probe into death of baby aged 11 months

Scene of baby's death on Chapel Street in Hoyland Common
Scene of baby's death on Chapel Street in Hoyland Common
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POLICE arrested a man on suspicion of murder following the death of an 11-month-old baby.

It is understood the baby, who lived on Chapel Street, Hoyland Common, Barnsley, was taken to hospital after banging his head. He died the next day.

Police, who searched the home for two days, quizzed a 27-year-old man over the death after arresting him on suspicion of murder. He was released on bail pending further enquiries.

Officers visited neighbours and told them about the death and asked questions about the boy’s family. The baby and his parents had lived on the street for around 18 months.

The boy was taken to hospital on Tuesday, September 27, and died the following day.

One theories investigated by police is that the child fell over and banged his head after being knocked over by a dog. Two dogs have been taken away by police.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It is so sad that a baby has died. Some other children would come and go, but nobody has seen any of them since all this happened.

“We have heard that the baby banged his head after being knocked over by a dog, so nobody understands why it is being treated as murder.”