A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a newborn baby girl was found dead at a property in east London.
Scotland Yard said officers were called to an address in Mimosa Close, Harold Hill, Romford, around 7.40pm on Tuesday following reports of “concerns of the welfare of a baby”.
She was found dead by officers and her death is being treated as unexplained, Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday.
A man and woman were both arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene, and both remained in custody.
Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford, from the Met’s Public Protection team covering Havering, said: “This is a tragic incident and we understand it will be hugely upsetting for local people.
“Our officers are still at the scene and we thank residents for their patience while we carry out our critical enquiries.
“At this time, the baby’s death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination will take place at the earliest opportunity to help us determine what may have happened and to confirm how long the baby’s body had been there.”
Anyone with information which could assist the police investigation is asked to contact police quoting CAD 6024/23Aug, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.