First picture of baby girl who died of ‘catastrophic’ injuries as duo arrested

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A newborn baby who died from "catastrophic" injuries this week has been pictured for the first time.

Keira Mae Jones suffered the severe injuries when she was just two days old.

She spent her last four months on life support but never recovered, and died on Monday afternoon.

A 31-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, both from Athersley, have been arrested on suspicion of her murder and are currently in police custody for questioning by detectives.

Family friend Chantelle Robinson says she was shocked to learn of the murder investigation.

She says Keira Mae spent her entire short life in hospital, and that she supported the mum Aimee Jones with donations of baby clothes while her daughter was on life support.

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After the baby's death she set up an online fundraiser to cover the costs of her funeral, but she's returned the money since learning about the murder investigation.

"As far as I know the baby never came home, she was always in hospital," she told YorkshireLive.

"There are so many rumours and stories, you don't know what you can believe.

"I had been in close contact and messaging the mum."

Ms Robinson says Ms Jones told her she spent 20 minutes with Keira Mae before she died.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge, the senior investigating officer, said on Wednesday: "The injuries suffered by this little girl when she was just two days old were so catastrophic that she could not recover and her life support was withdrawn after four months.

"Our thoughts are with those affected and our specialist officers are supporting them throughout this incredibly difficult time.

"We have a dedicated team of officers assigned to this investigation. Two people are in custody and we are working hard to establish the exact circumstances leading up to this child's death.

"I know that the local community will be shocked and deeply saddened to hear of her death and it's important that people feel able to talk about their concerns but I urge everyone to be mindful of what they post on social media, and not to speculate on what may have occurred.

"If you have information that may assist, it's important that this is passed to the police to form part of the investigation."

Anyone with concerns or information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 207 of 16 Sept 2020.

Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.

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