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Wednesday, 27 December, 2000, 16:01 GMT
Abandoned baby found dead
Derelict Horse and Jockey pub
The derelict pub in which the infant was found
A newborn baby girl has been found dead in a derelict pub after the teenage mother told hospital staff she had abandoned her.

Workers at Queen's Hospital in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, contacted police who launched a search for the baby.

She was found in the derelict Horse and Jockey pub in nearby Newhall, Derbyshire, but resuscitation attempts by paramedics failed.

Police are now waiting to question the 16-year-old mother, who is receiving hospital treatment.

A police spokesman said the teenager had told staff at the hospital that she had given birth to a baby girl and put her in a derelict pub.

"Police officers and paramedics went to search for the baby and found her dead. They tried to resuscitate her but couldn't.

"The 16-year-old girl, who lives in Newhall, near Burton-on-Trent, was taken to hospital by her parents in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"She is currently detained in hospital having treatment. We are hoping to interview her on Thursday," added the spokesman.

A Home Office pathologist is carrying out a post mortem examination to establish the cause of death.

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