A home in Heywood, Greater Manchester is cordoned off (Image: MEN Media)

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A murder inquiry has been launched into the death of a newborn baby girl, after officers were called to a hospital when medics raised concerns.

Police were called at around 6.30pm on Friday, January 8 and the two-week-old child died three days later on Monday, January 11.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

An investigation is ongoing and a scene is expected to remain in place at an address in Heywood, Greater Manchester for the coming days.

A post-mortem exam on the little girl is due to take place this week.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is a desperately sad incident where a baby girl has lost her life and we are doing what we can to support her loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

Police were called at 6.30pm on January 8 [file pic]

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“Our investigation is ongoing; as always, we are keeping an open mind and have specialist officers working at the scene and on the investigation to establish the full facts of this case.

“This is a heart-breaking time and we ask the public to refrain from speculation and respect the family’s privacy at this time.

“Anyone with information should do the right thing and contact us with information so we can continue to try and ascertain the circumstances behind this tragedy.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3400.