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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Funeral for entombed baby 'Lara'
Baby Lara funeral
A police officer carries the coffin containing baby Lara
A baby was laid to rest on Tuesday, three years to the day since her body was found entombed in a concrete block in a garage in Cumbria.

A tiny casket carried the remains of the baby, named Lara by police, for the service in St Paul's Church, Seaton.

Lara had been beaten and buried alive up to 15 years ago, but those responsible have never been found.

Although registered as an unidentified female infant, the name Lara will be included on the headstone.

A burial service was later held at St Peter's churchyard in Camerton.

Dozens of Cumbria Police officers turned out for the service which was led by Camerton vicar Ian Grainger.

A small bouquet of flowers from Operation Lara officers said simply: "In memory of Lara - a baby girl who will always be remembered."

This child has become our child - Cumbria Constabulary's child
Andy Carter, Cumbria Police

Lara, aged between four and six months, lay undiscovered until the concrete block was smashed open in a garage in Barepot, near Workington.

A post-mortem examination showed she had suffered a fractured skull, bruising to the abdomen and an untreated abscess in the mouth which had cracked the bone. She may also have been sexually abused.

DNA results suggest the baby could be the daughter of Joe and Sheila Thwaites, who have since died.

Det Ch Insp Andy Carter, leading the inquiry into her death, said there was no evidence to suggest they had inflicted the injuries.

Mr Carter said his officers had dedicated themselves to the case: "This child has become our child - Cumbria Constabulary's child.

"An inquiry like this never ends. We need to make plans for any future breakthrough in forensic sciences to ensure we are in the position to have tests carried out."




SEE ALSO:
Entombed baby unlawfully killed
18 Jul 05 |  Cumbria
Still no clue to baby's parents
20 Mar 04 |  Cumbria
Baby death suspects speak out
30 Jan 04 |  Cumbria
Baby's remains found in concrete
08 Sep 03 |  Cumbria


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