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Saturday, 12 October, 2002, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Post-mortem tests on canal baby
University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff
Home Office pathologists are examining the baby
A post-mortem examination is being carried out on the body of a baby boy found in a canal in south Wales.

Gwent Police said a member of the public found the body in Monmouthshire Brecon canal near Newport, on Friday.

By the time police officers arrived, the man had pulled the child from the water.

The body was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Police said the age of the baby was not yet clear and little is known about the child at this time.

However officers believe he was either still-born or died soon after birth.

More information is expected to be released following the post-mortem examination which was being carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Stephen Leadbeater on Saturday at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

The spot where the child was discovered is a very public area, very close to the main Ebbw Vale to Newport road, and within view of nearby playing fields.

Police kept a presence at the scene throughout the night and resumed their search early on Saturday morning.


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