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Father Of 'Murdered' Baby Boy Speaks Of Grief
The man police believe is the father of a seven-week-old baby boy who died in suspicious circumstances has told of his grief at not seeing the youngster before he died.
Michal Szarek spoke exclusively to Sky News after police in Oldham announced they were questioning a mother on suspicion of murder.
She has since been identified as 23-year-old Katarzyna Gacek.
Her current partner, a man aged 35, and the couple's lodger, a 26-year-old man, have also been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The period during which police can question those in custody has been extended until 12.30am on Monday.
The baby, named locally as Thomas Gacek, was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital with serious head injuries on Saturday January 25 but died later in Manchester.
Mr Szarek told Sky News' Becky Johnson that he had not even had a chance to see the youngster because the pair had fallen out.
He said: "I feel grief and anger because the mother didn't give me a chance to meet my child.
"I couldn't hold him in my arms. I know three people are suspected of killing my baby.
"I want the police to find out who did it and that person to be punished. I have no more words."
Mr Szarek said he had been in a relationship with the child's mother for 18 months until September when they broke up but had not seen her since.
He was not even aware she had had a baby until the police turned up at his door. He has since had a DNA test which will prove for certain whether he is the father, but it will take two weeks.
If he is the father, he said Thomas would have been his first child.
Police said one line of inquiry they were examining is whether Thomas was shaken to death.
Detectives have been searching the house where the child lived in the Clarksfield area of Oldham.
The couple's next door neighbour, who did not want to be named, told Sky News on Saturday she was "shocked" to hear the news.
She said she understood the couple had only moved into the house in November and said they had put up balloons and banners when the baby was born.
Anyone with information is asked to contact GMP's Major Incident Team on 0161 856 1722 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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