We know this is a little out of our area but are posting this West Midlands Police update as many of our readers were asking us for updates during today, as there was a police presence, including helicopter, in Quinton / Brandhall for several hours prior to this arrest. Police have confirmed that this activity was linked to the arrest of this murder suspect so this is to update all those who were concerned.
From West Midlands Police:
A MAN has been arrested after a mother and her young baby were found murdered at their home in Birmingham this morning (Sunday 2 June).
Police discovered the bodies of the 25-year-old woman and her nine-month-old son at a house on Chells Grove in Billesley at around 10:30am.
Murder detectives immediately launched a major investigation and at around 5:15pm this afternoon arrested a 28-year-old man in the Dudley area on suspicion of both murders.
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.
Police have cordoned off the house on Chells Grove whilst forensic investigators examine the scene.
A post-mortem examination will take place in due course to establish exactly how the victims died.
Superintendent Jo Chilton, from Force CID, said tonight: “This is a terrible crime and my thoughts are with the family of the victims who have been left devastated by today’s events.
“We have a man in custody and are not looking for anyone else, but I am keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone who may have seen anything which could assist our investigation.
“Did you see anything suspicious in the area late Saturday night or early this morning? You may be able to help us and I would urge you to give us a call.”
Police were alerted to the incident after concerns were raised about the safety of the occupants of the Chells Grove address.
A serious case review and a domestic homicide review are also 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.
Superintendent Andy Shipman, from Birmingham South Local Policing Unit, sought to reassure residents in Billesley this evening. He said: “Today’s awful murders will of course send shockwaves through the community. My thoughts are with the family of those involved.
“Local officers will be highly visible in the area throughout tonight and into the coming week, speaking to residents and reassuring local people. If you have any information that you think may be of value to this inquiry, please approach these officers and share that with them.
“I want to reassure the community that a man has been arrested and we believe there is no ongoing threat to the public. If anyone has any concerns whatsoever, I would urge them to call 101 and speak to their local neighbourhood policing team.”
Anyone with information that may help police should call 101 or, if you do not want to speak to police officers directly, the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111