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Postmortem to be carried out on body of baby who died suddenly in Co Armagh

Police were continuing to question the man last night

A POSTMORTEM examination is to be carried out on the body of a baby girl who died suddenly in Co Armagh.

A 23-year-old man was arrested following the infant’s death in Lurgan.

It is believed the four-month-old baby was found in a house in the town’s Shankill area on Monday.

Detective Inspector Dave Hodge said: “Police enquiries are ongoing at this stage.

“A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty, possession of a class-A drug and possession of a class-B drug. He has subsequently been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

Sinn Féin Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd said the community is “shocked and saddened”.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the baby at this tragic time,” he said.

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly described the death as “a terrible tragedy”.

“It’s the worst thing that any parent could imagine,” she said.

“People in Lurgan are just shocked and deeply saddened at the news. My thoughts and prayers are with the baby girl’s mother and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart described the news as “deeply shocking” and extended her condolences.

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