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Kelly Mary Fauvrelle: Baby of pregnant stabbing victim in London dies

Paramedics delivered the boy from a 26-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed

A police officer stands guard in the street where a heavily pregnant woman was stabbed to death in south London. Reuters
A police officer stands guard in the street where a heavily pregnant woman was stabbed to death in south London. Reuters

The baby son of a heavily pregnant woman who was stabbed to death in London has died, British police said on Wednesday.

Paramedics delivered the baby of eight-months pregnant Kelly Mary Fauvrelle after discovering the 26-year-old fatally wounded at a house in Croydon on Saturday.

The newborn, named Riley, was taken to hospital in critical condition and died in the early hours of Wednesday.

"This morning, we heard the sad news that Kelly’s baby son, Riley, has died in hospital. Our thoughts remain with their family,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, who is leading the investigation.

“This tragic development makes it even more important that anyone with information comes forward as a matter of urgency.”

London 2020 mayoral election candidate Shaun Bailey called for anyone with information to help police find whoever was responsible for the killings.

Detectives investigating the murders released CCTV footage on Wednesday showing a man walking towards Ms Fauvrelle’s house at 3.15am on Saturday and then running away from it 10 minutes later.

Two men who were arrested in connection with Ms Fauvrelle’s death were later released without charge.

Knife crime in England and Wales has risen dramatically in recent years, reaching a record of 285 fatal stabbings in 2017-2018, the highest since records began in 1946.

London's mayor Sadiq Khan has been criticised by some politicians including US President Donald Trump, who said he was to blame for rising crime in the capital.

But police leaders have pointed the finger at Prime Minister Theresa May. During her tenure as home secretary in 2010 the number of police officers in England and Wales fell by about 20,000.

Updated: July 3, 2019 03:11 PM

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