Police probe into baby's injuries

POLICE have arrested a man after a two-week-old baby was left fighting for her life, it has emerged.

Anthony Bond

POLICE have arrested a man after a two-week-old baby was left fighting for her life, it has emerged.

Imogen Hayward, who was born on December 1, was on a life-support machine in the intensive care unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, last night and was said to have a 50/50 chance of survival.

She is believed to have serious head injuries and fractures and bruises to her body.

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Last nightthe father of the baby girl told the EADT he was “devastated” by the news.

Imogen's injuries were sustained following an incident late on Sunday night in Cedar Walk, Needham Market.

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Suffolk police last nightconfirmed a 26-year-old man from the Ipswich area was arrested in relation to the incident.

Imogen's father, James Curtis, 24, from Stowmarket, said last night: “I am really upset and I want to know what has happened. I am just shocked.

“The hospital has said that if she does survive she will not be normal and there may be blindness. She has got really serious head injuries and is on a machine and not breathing on her own. She keeps having little strokes and has got a 50/50 chance of survival.”

Neighbours said police arrived at the house shortly after 1pm on Tuesday and stayed until about 10.30pm.

Forensic police officers were seen searching the property taking pictures of the lounge and back garden.

A neighbour said he heard noises from the house on Sunday evening. “We turned the TV down to try and hear what was going on,” he said.

“We knew that something had happened because of the amount of forensic police officers there on Tuesday.

“They were taking pictures in the back garden and in the house. We just hope that the little baby will be okay.”

A Suffolk police spokesman said last night: “We can confirm that a two-week old baby was admitted to Ipswich Hospital with injuries. The baby has being transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital and remains in intensive care.

“A 26-year-old male was arrested in relation to the incident and has been released on bail to return to Bury St Edmunds police station at 3pm on Dec 23.”

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