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Baby found dead alongside girl, three, and boy, seven, in Bristol home after woman, 42, arrested for murder – as cops admit they visited home over ‘concerns for welfare’ weeks earlier


A baby was among three young children found dead inside a home in Bristol after a woman was arrested for murder – as police admitted they visited the home weeks earlier.

Officers found the ten-month-old boy alongside a girl, three, and a seven-year-old boy at the house on Blaise Walk in the suburban neighbourhood of Sea Mills in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police had been told of concerns for their welfare. 

A 42-year-old woman, said locally to be a Sudanese national who has lived in the city since 2017, was then taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She is being interviewed on suspicion of murder. 

Avon and Somerset Police said it had notified the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) about the incident because officers had had previous contact with the household. The IOPC said this contact had taken place earlier this month. 

One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘She was lovely, her kids were lovely, they were nice people. I think she was having a hard time with her newborn.’ 

An aerial photo showing a forensic tent in the back garden of the house in Bristol, which also contained a trampoline and several toys

An aerial photo showing a forensic tent in the back garden of the house in Bristol, which also contained a trampoline and several toys 

A police cordon today at the scene in Sea Mills, a northern suburb of Bristol

A police cordon today at the scene in Sea Mills, a northern suburb of Bristol

Chief Inspector Vicks Hayward-Melen speaking to the media this morning

Chief Inspector Vicks Hayward-Melen speaking to the media this morning 

The neighbour said that the two eldest children had attended the local Sea Mills primary school. The school announced it would remain closed this morning and reopen at 1.30pm. 

A 42-year-old Bristol taxi driver said he had last seen the mother two weeks ago. He said: ‘She was happy. Her kids were all happy.’

The man said the family were part of the Sudanese community in Bristol. He added: ‘She is a very nice person. It is very sad.’

Others described the woman as ‘really gentle’ and ‘really lovely’ who ‘always had a smile on her face’. 

The force has not confirmed the name of the woman or her relationship to the children who were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after officers arrived at around 12.40am on Sunday. The children’s cause of death is yet to be confirmed. 

A heavy police presence remained in the area much of yesterday, with photos showing part of the road cordoned off, with multiple police cars and a forensic team on the scene.

A gathering at a local church was held in memory of the children last night, locals added, while a local play group announced it would be closed today.

Tributes have since flooded in from those within the Sea Mills community who have been left rocked by the tragedy.  

The force has not confirmed the name of the woman or her relationship to the children. Pictured: Officers at the scene in Blaise Walk on Sunday

The force has not confirmed the name of the woman or her relationship to the children. Pictured: Officers at the scene in Blaise Walk on Sunday

A police cordon in place in front of a home in Sea Mills, Bristol on Sunday afternoon

A police cordon in place in front of a home in Sea Mills, Bristol on Sunday afternoon 

Chief Inspector Vicks Hayward-Melen said in an update today: ‘We were first called by a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of the occupants early on Sunday the 18th of February. Officers arrived at about 12.40am and found three children whose lives could not be saved.

‘Forensic post-mortem examinations will now be carried out on the children to establish the cause of death and it’s important we don’t give further detail on this until the proper processes have been carried out. The post-mortem examinations are not likely to be completed until the middle to the end of this week at the earliest.

‘Formal identification has not yet taken place, but we believe the victims are a boy aged seven, a girl of three and a 10-month-old boy. Their next of kin have been informed and are being given all the help and support they need by specialist family liaison officers.

‘A 42-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital due to injuries she’d sustained. Her condition is not life threatening, and she remains in police custody at this time.’

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West added on social media: ‘I’m deeply saddened by this tragic news from Sea Mills. 

‘My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the children, and my thanks go to our emergency services who responded. Avon and Somerset Police will remain in the area but consider this to be an isolated incident.’

The three children were pronounced dead at the scene, Avon and Somerset Police said. Pictured: Police at the home

The three children were pronounced dead at the scene, Avon and Somerset Police said. Pictured: Police at the home 

A police van seen earlier on Sunday after officers were called to the scene at 12.40am

A police van seen earlier on Sunday after officers were called to the scene at 12.40am 

Local councillor Henry Michallat, who represents Sea Mills said: ‘I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news coming from Sea Mills. 

‘My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the children at this sad and difficult time. I thank emergency service personnel who have responded.’

Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner Mark Shelford added:  ‘I am deeply saddened by the news of the deaths of three children in Sea Mills.

‘The deaths of these children is heart breaking. My thoughts are with all those who knew and cared for these children and with the local community, who I know will be impacted.

‘The police have made an arrest and believe this to be an isolated incident. They have assessed that there is no further risk to the wider community.

‘There are questions to be asked about how such an appalling event has occurred and what could have been done to prevent it, but for now, I ask that people allow the police to investigate.’

A statement from Avon and Somerset Police said: ‘Officers attended a concern for welfare call in Blaise Walk, in Sea Mills, on Sunday February 18 at around 12.40am.

‘Tragically, three young children inside the property were pronounced dead a short time later. 

‘A 42-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and she is in police custody at hospital.

‘As is usual in these circumstances we have notified the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), due to prior police contact.’ 

An IOPC spokesperson said: ‘We were notified this afternoon about this tragic incident in Bristol by Avon and Somerset Police, who advised us that there had been prior police contact earlier this month. 

‘We have requested a paper referral with further information about the prior contact and once received, we will assess it to determine whether further action is required from us.’ 

The community in Sea Mills has been left reeling from the incident. The area’s local community play group will remain closed tomorrow as a result of the tragedy.

Writing on Facebook Sea Mills Community Playgroup said: ‘Due to the tragic events in our community, playgroup will be cancelled tomorrow morning. 

‘Our hearts go out to the family and their friends, neighbours, school friends and wider community.’ 

An IOPC spokesman said: ‘We were notified yesterday afternoon about this tragic incident in Bristol by Avon and Somerset Police, who advised us that there had been prior police contact earlier this month.

‘We have requested a paper referral with further information about the prior contact and once received, we will assess it to determine whether further action is required from us.’



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