Arrest after death of Birmingham mother and baby

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother and her nine-month-old son in Birmingham.

The bodies of the 25-year-old woman and her baby, who have not been named by police, were found dead at their home on Sunday morning.

A 28-year-old man, who is known to both victims, was arrested on Sunday afternoon.

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Officers said there had previously been contact between police and the suspect, who has not been named.

They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident on Chells Grove, Billesley.

A friend of the woman, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s really shocking. They think she’s been dead since Friday.”

A neighbour commented: “She was a very private woman. She went out to work at 7am. Her boyfriend was always babysitting.”

She is believed to have an older daughter who was not in the terraced house at the time of the attack.

A police cordon blocked the entrance to the street as forensic investigators scoured the scene.

Superintendent Andy Shipman reassured residents that the man had been arrested and there was no ongoing threat to the public.

He said local officers will be highly visible in the area in the coming week, speaking to residents and reassuring local people.

A post-mortem examination has not yet taken place.

Officers were called to the scene after neighbours became concerned about the safety of those inside the house.

A police spokesman said a serious case review and a domestic homicide review are likely to be carried out, while police watchdog the IPCC was voluntarily informed “due to previous contact between police and the person in custody”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.