Monday 22 January 2018

Arrested man 'unfit for interview'

Matthew Cooper

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother and her seven-month-old baby is being assessed by mental health experts, police have said.

West Midlands Police said the suspect, 28, had been deemed unfit to be interviewed about the deaths of the victims, who were named locally as Yvonne Walsh and her son Harry.

Ms Walsh, 25, and her son were found dead at a terraced house in Billesley, Birmingham, at about 10.30am on Sunday after concern was raised for their welfare.

Police arrested the 28-year-old male around seven hours later in the Sandwell area of the West Midlands.

A police spokesman said: "A man arrested on suspicion of both murders is currently in a secure facility following an assessment by mental health professionals. He is currently deemed unfit to be interviewed by officers at this stage, but this is being constantly reviewed.

"The person in custody is known to the victims and officers are keen to stress that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killings."

Post-mortem examinations are due to take place to determine the cause of the victims' deaths.

Meanwhile, forensic inquiries are continuing at the house in Chells Grove, which remains subject to a police cordon.

The police spokesman added: "A serious case review and a domestic homicide review are expected to take place in due course, as is routine practice when a child dies in these circumstances.

"Due to previous contact between police and the person in custody, West Midlands Police has informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission who will look into any police involvement in due course."

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