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The BBC's Richard Wells reports from Newcastle
"Detectives believe the baby boy was the victim of an assault rather than an accident"
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Tuesday, 11 April, 2000, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Metro injury baby dies
Policewoman outside Manor station
A policewoman stands guard outside the Metro station
A baby found with severe facial injuries at a train station has died in hospital.

The five-month-old boy was injured in an incident at Manors Metro station, in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, on Sunday.

He died at Newcastle General Hospital on Tuesday.

Detective Superintendent Chris Symonds, leading the investigation, said the death was now being treated as murder.

Police in Newcastle have been given more time to question a 24-year-old man over the baby's injuries.

Magistrates have allowed detectives to detain the man, believed to be the baby's father, for another 36 hours.

Three youths who were also arrested were released on police bail on Monday night pending further inquiries.

Police appeal

Manors station has been closed since the incident and police are appealing to people who may have been in the station or on a train passing through at the time of the attack.

The station is on the edge of the city centre and close to the central motorway.

Police arrived at the scene at 1620BST to find the injured baby in a blue pram on the platform. His father was with him and it is thought there may have been an incident involving him and a group of youths.

A Northumbria police spokesman said: "Exactly what happened in the Metro station is still being investigated.

"Police urgently need to speak to anyone who was in the station or on board a train that may have seen an incident involving a group of youths or an adult with a pram."

The police have played their appeal over the public address system at Metro stations across Tyneside.

Detectives also re-issued descriptions of three people they want to trace.

They include a woman with red hair, aged between 30 and 40, who got off an eastbound train between 1530 and 1600BST.

Officers also want to trace two men described as appearing like students who were on the platform at about 1615BST.

Both were around 6ft tall, the first in his late 20s, slim, with brown hair and wearing metal-framed glasses. He wore a blue and red waist-length jacket.

The second had brown hair and facial stubble and was wearing a long black woollen coat and spoke with what was described as a "posh accent".

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0191 214 6555 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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