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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 1995.

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 purpose.

"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 Express.

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