Boy, 16, charged with murder in death of six-week-old baby boy

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after the death of a six-week-old baby.

Police and paramedics discovered the boy after they were called to a property in Southampton following reports that a baby was in need of medical attention.

The child – named locally as Reggie – was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Afterwards, police arrested a boy aged 16 and an 18-year-old woman.

Officers announced today that the teenage boy has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court today.

The woman has been released from police custody but remains under investigation.

Neighbours said the baby was found at a unit for young mothers and their children in Defender Road just after 5am on Sunday.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said previously: "Police were called at 5.05am on Sunday to an address in Defender Road, Southampton, along with South Central Ambulance Service following reports that a child was in need of medical attention.

"The baby was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

"Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing."

A Southampton City Council spokesman said: "We are aware of the police investigation into the tragic death of a six-week-old baby in Defender Road in Southampton.

"A multi-agency review has been launched and we will be assisting the police with their investigations wherever we can.

"We will not be making any further comment while the police investigation is under way."


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