Boy’s body in bath: Four children taken into police care as probe continues

A COUPLE are still being questioned after the badly injured body of 15-year-old was found dead in a bath on Christmas Day.

A COUPLE are still being questioned after the badly injured body of 15-year-old was found dead in a bath on Christmas Day.

The investigation into the death of the teenager who suffered head injuries is now being co-ordinated by The Child Abuse Investigation Command.

Four children who were also found at the eighth-floor flat in Hathaway Crescent, Manor Park, have now been taken into police care for their own protection.

Ambulance crews were called to reports that a boy had drowned in the flat at the block at about 12.15pm


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They alerted police, who then held the lad’s sister and her boyfriend, both 27, in connection with the death.

Post mortem results are expected today. Earlier, a woman was heard screaming and a man shouting: “Don’t worry, he’ll be okay.”

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An earlier alert was raised by a neighbour living underneath the flat after water was found pouring through the ceiling in to a storage cupboard.

Neighbour Iqbal Hussain, 20 - who lives opposite the flat - said: “I was woken by the sound of a woman’s piercing screams at around 10.30am. I knew something was dreadfully wrong. I listened at the door and heard a man shouting, ‘Don’t worry, he’ll be OK’.

Nadeem Aslam, 39 - in the flat below - called the council after he noticed water coming through his ceiling at 11am. He said: “I never thought they would find a child’s body.”

Neighbours said the dead boy’s family - believed to be of French-Angolan descent - moved in two weeks ago.

Scotland Yard is treating the death as “suspicious” as the boy is thought to have drowned, but was also suffering from other unexplained injuries.

Yesterday forensic science investigators sealed off the eighth floor flat, where the family have lived for two weeks, after taking away several bags of items.

Newham Social Services have been informed of the tragedy because of the presence of the other young children in the flat at the time of the death. A Council spokesman said the boy who died was not known to them..

The Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command began the investigation. They are now working with Child Abuse Investigation Officers.

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