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Duo bailed in Nelson baby murder probe

[T]wo people have been released on bail as part of a murder investigation following the sudden death of a young baby girl from Nelson.

Police were called by the Ambulance Service last Wednesday (August 16th) at around 11.20pm after an eight day old baby, named as Ava Grace Nolan, was reported to be unresponsive at an address on Dover Street in the town.

She was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where she sadly died a short time later.

Detectives launched an investigation into her death and a man, 26, along with a woman, 27, both from Nelson were arrested on Friday evening (August 18th).  They have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of the baby’s death has revealed that she died as a result of a serious head injury.

Detective Chief Inspector Jill Johnston from the Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) said: “Firstly our thoughts remain with the family of the child at this extremely sad and distressing time.

“Our investigation into the baby’s death is on-going and we are doing all we can to get to the truth of what happened to her. We have a team of specially trained officers conducting a number of enquiries and supporting the family.”

If anyone has any information that could assist the investigation, they can call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20170816-1619.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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