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Saturday 19 April 2014

International hunt underway for mother of two-year-old girl found dead in Oxfordshire

Police at the scene where the body of a two-year-old child has been found at a home after police were called to the address. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Police at the scene where the body of a two-year-old child has been found at a home after police were called to the address. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The body of the child was found at a house in Bicester after police received a report from a family member who was worried about her welfare.

An international search is underway for the mother of a two-year-old girl whose body was discovered yesterday at a house in Oxfordshire.

The body of the child was found at a house in Bicester after police received a report from a family member who was worried about her welfare.

Thames Valley Police said they want to speak to the mother of the child and that she is thought to have left the UK.

Police have not yet formally identified the child and are treating her death as 'unexplained'.

They were unable to confirm whether the mother is British or of another nationality.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Hunter, said: "We believe the child was in the care of her mother at the time of her death and officers are currently trying to trace her whereabouts. At this time she is thought to have left the United Kingdom.

"We need to speak to the mother to establish the circumstances prior to the discovery of the child's body."

A post-mortem examination was being carried out last night. A formal identification is yet to be done.

Superintendent Colin Paine, Local Policing Area Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire said: "Incidents of this nature are extremely sad and will inevitably be felt throughout the community.

"I would like to reassure the local community that there is no risk posed to them and the local neighbourhood team will be carrying out patrols to speak to residents about any concerns they may have."

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