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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 July 2006, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Builder finds baby's body at farm
Police at entrance to How Royds Hall, Barkisland
Police guard the entrance to How Royds Hall in Barkisland
A body unearthed by a builder renovating an historic farmhouse in West Yorkshire was that of a baby boy, police have confirmed.

The body was found in the garden of Howroyde Hall in Barkisland near Halifax on Wednesday evening.

Post-mortem tests showed that the boy, who was no more than nine months old, may have been buried for up to a year.

Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious but they want to trace the mother who may need counselling.

Residents in the village said the house, which is more than 350 years old, had recently been sold and builders were putting in new drains and roofing.

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