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Police exhume baby's body
at Bybrook Cemetery

A baby's body has been exhumed after police reopened
an unsolved murder case dating back 15 years.

The child was found with a pair of tights around her neck and
tissue paper stuffed in her mouth in April 1995.

The baby girl, dubbed April by police investigators, was laid to
rest at Bybrook Cemetery in February 1996 - 10 months after the
grisly discovery of the baby's body was made by a teenage couple at
Singleton Lake.

The 7lb baby was thought to be just minutes old before being
asphyxiated with a pair of tights. She was then wrapped in a
plastic toilet-tissue bag and put into a Motorworld plastic carrier
before being dumped into the lake.

It is believed April was born between March 26 and April 3

A murder enquiry was launched and, despite an extensive
investigation completed by police at the time, the parents of the
baby were not identified and no one has been held to account for
her death.

Detective Inspector Dave Withers said: "It is important that we
use advances in forensic technology to help us identify who the
parents of this child are. We have exhumed the baby today for that

"We want to hear from anyone who may have information regarding
baby April. We are particularly keen to appeal to the baby's
mother. We want to hear from you and hear your side of the story.
We understand you may be worried or frightened by what happened,
you may have been a young girl at the time and you may not have
been alone.

"I urge you to contact me, I have specially trained staff who
you can speak to. They will listen to what you have to say and you
will be dealt with sensitively and compassionately."

Anyone with information can call 01634 884044 or via
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

For the full story see tomorrow's Kentish

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