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Woman Held After Baby Suffocates In Oldham
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing the death of a baby of "barely three weeks old" by lying on the child.
The 55-year-old woman is being questioned over the death of a child by "overlaying" - a term used when a baby is believed to have been suffocated when somebody lies on them while asleep.
Police were called after paramedics found the baby was "unresponsive" at an address in Lychgate Court, Oldham.
The infant was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital but was pronounced dead some time later.
Detective inspector Dave Moores, said: "This is an absolutely tragic case in which a baby who is barely three weeks old has died.
"Any death of a baby is always extremely upsetting and keenly felt by family members and even the wider community.
"An investigation is under way and we are committed to identifying how and why this baby died.
"We also have officers supporting family members at what is clearly a very distressing time for them."
The arrested woman, who is understood to be related to the child, remains in custody.