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Three arrested after disappearance of baby born in Barnet

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a baby born in Barnet in 2004, who has not been seen for more than 11 years, have arrested three people in connection with their investigation.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) launched the investigation at the request of officers from Barnet and the Child Abuse Investigation Team following a case review into the death of another child at an address in Barnet in 2015.

At 07:00hrs on Monday, 30 May, detectives attended an address in Fryent Crescent, West Hendon.

A 50-year-old woman [A] was arrested on suspicion of murder. Enquiries were carried out and a 31-year-old woman [B] was arrested in Luton, Bedfordshire, also on suspicion of murder.

Both were taken to a south London police station and were bailed to a date in mid-July.

During a search at the address on Tuesday, 31 May, human remains, believed to be that of a child were found.

On Wednesday, 1 June, detectives re-arrested [A] and [B] on suspicion of preventing a lawful and decent burial as well as arresting a 52-year-old man [C] for the same offence.

The 50-year-old woman [A] and 52-year-old man [C] were bailed pending further enquires to a date in mid-July.

The 31-year-old woman [B] currently remains in custody pending further enquiries.

A special post-mortem examination took place at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Thursday, 2 June, and the cause of death could not be determined. Further tests will be undertaken and this could take a number of weeks.

We will not speculate on the identity of the child until all further tests have concluded.

Given the circumstances which led to the launch of this investigation officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) have been informed. A referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been made.

Detectives continue to investigate and are liaising with partner agencies.

The investigation is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC). The Incident Room can be contacted on 020 8785 8099.

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