Police get more time to question man and woman after baby found in bin in Wolverhampton.
Detectives have been granted more time to question two people over the discovery of a critically-injured baby at the foot of a tower block rubbish chute in Wolverhampton.
West Midlands Police said a senior officer had authorised the detention of a 24-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man for a further 12 hours.
Both suspects were initially detained on Sunday in connection with the discovery of the “very young” baby girl in a refuse collection area at a block of flats.
The female suspect is being held on suspicion of attempted murder, whilst the male is being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Officers were called to a flat on Boscobel Crescent at around 6.30pm on Sunday to a report of a missing child.
The baby was subsequently found in the refuse area with serious injuries and was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where her condition is said to be critical.
Speaking on Monday, Detective Inspector John Smith confirmed that West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit was investigating the incident.
“We are making a number of inquiries to establish how this young baby has come to sustain her injuries, and how she came to be found in the refuse area of the flats,” the officer said.
“The two people who have been arrested are related to the baby and we are currently not seeking anyone else as part of our inquiries.”