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Couple arrested on suspicion of neglect after baby girl dies

Police called to a house in Dewsbury early on New Year's Day

Police at the scene on Pildacre Lane, Earlsheaton, on New Year's Day

A young couple have been arrested after a two-month-old baby died in Kirklees.

An investigation is now underway into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Detectives have confirmed they were called to a house on Pildacre Lane in Dewsbury at 5.58am on New Year’s Day to a report of an unwell child.

A police spokeswoman said: “Emergency services attended the address and the child, a baby girl, was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced deceased a short time later.

“A 26-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of neglect in connection with the child’s death and enquiries are continuing.

“The woman has been released pending further investigation, the man remains in police custody.”

Neighbours in the street said yesterday they were unaware of any problems.

There were no signs of any of the houses on the street sealed off but there was a lone police car parked on the road.

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