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Inquest: Baby Pearl

An inquest into the death of a new born child who's body was found in Heywood has come to a conclusion

Following the inquest into the death of a baby named by police as Pearl, who was found deceased in an area of Woodland off Peel Lane in Heywood on 4 April 2018, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Wesley Knights of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
“Following today’s inquest into the death of the baby girl we have come to know as Pearl, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that assisted with our investigation, from forensic scientists and pathologists to the local community and officers who took Pearl into their hearts.

“Today marks the end of our investigation, which was described as remarkable and thorough by Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner, and I am extremely proud of my dedicated investigation team who were committed to finding out how Pearl sadly came to be found in Heywood woodland.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support. Baby Pearl will never be forgotten.”

HM Senior Coroner recorded a narrative verdict at the conclusion of the inquest which took place in Heywood earlier today. The inquest determined that Pearl was delivered on 25 December 2017 and was 32-40 weeks and a viable pregnancy.

Her delivery was concealed and she was stored in an unknown place until around 4 April 2018 when she was found in Bluebell Woods. Due to the passage of time, it could not be determined whether she had ever lived or if she had died.

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