Teenagers in court over baby death

TWO Suffolk teenagers will appear before magistrates this morning charged with murdering a newborn baby.The 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy, both from Eye, were arrested after officers were called to a house in the town following reports a baby had died last Sunday .

TWO Suffolk teenagers will appear before magistrates this morning charged with murdering a newborn baby.

The 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy, both from Eye, were arrested after officers were called to a house in the town following reports a baby had died last Sunday .

A post-mortem examination was carried out on the infant last week, and on Thursday the two teenagers, who cannot be named because of their ages, were arrested and questioned at Bury St Edmunds' police station.

Both were charged with murder at the weekend and will appear before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds today.

The death has shocked residents in the picturesque community of Eye.

Simon Hooton, a town councillor, said: “It is a very quiet place to live and not somewhere where you would expect this.

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“People will be surprised and saddened. Any death is bad, but especially a baby's. Here, like many places, we have our small problems, minor things, but it is very rare to get anything significant. Our hearts will be with the family and we will all be thinking of them.”

Charles Flatman, district councillor for the town, added: “This is a small place and residents did not believe it when they heard about it. I had lunch in the local pub, and people could not accept it had happened.”

Tim Passmore, the leader of Mid Suffolk District Council who lives nearby, said he was deeply disturbed to hear of the tragedy.

He said: “I am dumbstruck that this has happened in Eye, I am horrified. People will be totally shocked. It is normally so peaceful and stable community.”

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