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Dead baby left at Hampshire railway station

Police at Fleet railway station
Detectives investigating the death say they are looking for a killer

A baby girl's body has been found dumped in a bag at a railway station in Hampshire, prompting a murder inquiry.

The body of the newborn girl was discovered by a cleaner on a platform at Fleet railway station, shortly before 1130 BST.

Hampshire Police said the girl had suffered "significant injuries".

Det Supt Jason Hogg said the injuries could not have occurred during birth and that police "are looking for a killer".

Following the discovery an ambulance was called but the baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

I want to appeal to her directly... please hand yourself in to the nearest hospital or ring 999 and ask for an ambulance
Det Supt Jason Hogg

The girl's body was examined at a hospital and found to have sustained injuries.

Det Supt Jason Hogg of Hampshire Constabulary told BBC News: "I can confirm that the baby had significant injuries, which could not have been caused during the birth of the child.

"As a result we are adamant this is a murder inquiry and we are looking for a killer."

'Further afield'

Mr Hogg said the "main priority" was to identify the mother, saying she would require "significant" medical attention.

"I want to appeal to her directly... please hand yourself in to the nearest hospital or ring 999 and ask for an ambulance."

Det Supt Jason Hogg appealed to the mother to get help

He said the mother could be from much further afield than the Fleet area because the station had links to London, the south east of England and the West Country.

He added CCTV footage was being examined and witnesses were being questioned.

A post-mortem examination to try to establish the exact cause of death will take place on Thursday.

Police said "many people" would have been through the area in the past 24 hours and appealed to anyone with information to come forward.

The front of Fleet station has been cordoned off but trains are running.



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