Child found dead on New Year’s Eve as woman detained under Mental Health act

A child was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of a property on New Year's Eve, police have said.

Officers have launched an investigation following the death of a child in Oldham, Manchester.

Emergency services rushed to Elm Road, on the Limeside estate, at around 6.20pm last night, (December 31).

A child was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman in her 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed the case will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, due to "previous contact."

The tragic news was announced by the force just before midnight struck for New Year.

Police have told those in the community that although the news will cause "distress", officers are doing everything they can in the investigation.

The circumstances of the child's death were not released as part of the statement from police.

A GMP spokesman said: "An investigation is underway following the death of a child in Oldham.

"At around 6.20pm on Friday 31 December 2021, we were called by the ambulance service responding to an incident at a property on Elm Road in the Limeside area.

"A child was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the death.

"A woman in her 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Detective Superintendent Chris Packer added: "Our thoughts are with the child's loved ones at this heart-breaking time. Specialist officers will offer them support.

"Our investigation is in the early stages and we'd ask anyone with information to contact us or Crimestoppers immediately.

"Due to previous police contact, this incident has been referred to our Professional Standards Branch and will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

"This sad news is bound to cause distress in the community but I would like to offer reassurance that we are doing everything we can to establish the circumstances."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3656 quoting 2284 31/12/21.

Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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