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Mother arrested after son, 12, found dead in Barking

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Police have not revealed the location in Barking where the boy was found

A 44-year-old mother has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her 12-year-old son was found fatally injured at his home.

Police and ambulance services went to the property in Barking, east London, after the child's mother dialled 999 at about 2230 GMT on Tuesday.

The boy was taken by ambulance to an east London hospital, but pronounced dead a short time later.

The woman was arrested following medical examinations at the hospital.

Visible injuries

A second boy, aged 11, was also discovered at the property unharmed.

He has been taken into the care of social services.

It is understood that the dead boy was not stabbed or shot but had visible injuries.

A post-mortem examination was due to be held at East Ham Mortuary at 1400 GMT on Wednesday.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's child abuse major investigation team are responsible for the inquiry.

Police declined to give further details of the location of the murder as they tried to trace the boy's next of kin.



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