Police have launched a murder probe after a newborn baby was discovered stuffed into a kitchen bin, having suffering a number of knife wounds.
The little baby, who has so far only been named as Infant Tunstill was discovered in an apartment in Burnley, Lancashire, on January 16, it has emerged. A post mortem has already been carried out, which found that the baby died as a result of knife wounds.
Coroner Michael Singleton heard that the baby’s mother Rachel Tunstill has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of the child. He adjourned the hearing until March 2, saying that it was likely that the inquest would be suspended as a result of the pending criminal case.
Police called to apartment
Officers were called to a flat at Wellington Court and discovered the body of a little girl inside a bin the kitchen. It is not known who called emergency services but Lancashire Police said the baby had suffered a number of stab wounds. A 30 year old man was earlier arrested on suspicion of murder following the tragic discovery. However, he has now been released and police say that they are confident that he had nothing to do with the newborn baby’s death.
Detective chief inspector Jill Johnston said that police had carried out a complex investigation which had now resulted in the mother being arrested and charged. It was not clear whether the man arrested was the baby’s father, but police said that he had been released without charge, and that their thoughts were with him “at this difficult time”. Police also thanked the community for their support during the “difficult and sensitive” inquiry.
The man and the baby’s wider family are receiving support from specially trained police officers. Miss Tunstall will be appearing in court on April 7.