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02nd Mar 2023

Post-mortem to take place in coming days following discovery of baby


A post-mortem is due to be carried out on the remains of Constance Marten’s baby.

Police confirmed the post-mortem will take place in the coming days.

The infant’s body was found in a wooded area close to where Constance Marten and Mark Gordon were arrested.

The pair have been in police custody since Monday, February 28th.

They were originally charged with child neglect, but the charge has now been changed to manslaughter.

Following Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford stated;

“Further to the update given earlier today, there has been a significant development.

“Police officers searching a wooded area close to where Constance Marten and Mark Gordon were arrested, discovered the remains of a baby.

“A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. A crime scene is in place and work at the location is expected to continue for some time.

“This is an outcome that myself and the many officers who have been part of the search, had hoped would not happen.

“We will do everything we possibly can to establish what has happened.”

“Constance Martin and Mark Gordon remain in custody.”

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