Bodies of three newborn babies found in St Helens house THE remains of three newborn babies were found by police in a Merseyside house.
A tip-off in the early hours of last Sunday took officers to the address in Harlow Close, St Helens, where they made the grisly discovery.
It is thought the three children could have been born as long ago as the mid-1980s but died very soon after their birth.
Acting on the information they had been given, officers went into the Sutton Heath house and quickly found the remains.
Detectives today said they could not go public with where in the house the tiny remains were found or what, if anything, they were found in or with.
Three people have been questioned by police.
Neighbours say the house which was raided was occupied by a woman and her son, believed to be in his 20s.
Lyn Murphy and her partner Jason Hughes live next door to the property.
The couple say they were awoken by the sound of police banging on the door of the house.
Ms Murphy, 44, said: “When I asked them what was happening, they said they couldn’t say anything.
“I became alarmed when one copper went into the house and then rushed out again and began throwing up in the garden.
“He was leaning against the fence and it was proper vomiting.
“A copper said after what that policeman had seen, he’d be off work for two to three weeks.
“Later, I saw the undertakers bringing in three little boxes into the house, which looked like children’s coffins.
“When they came out, they had only two boxes which were stacked on top of each other, and were inside another cardboard box.
“As soon as we saw the coffins, we went inside the house, drew the curtains and didn’t come out again as a sign of respect.”
Mr Hughes, 38, said: “When the police first entered the house, I heard a bit of arguing and raised voices.
“I saw the boxes being taken into the house with my own eyes. They were no more than a metre long - one was blue, one was grey and one was pink.
“One had a drawing of a teddy bear on it and another one had one of flowers.
“When the boxes were brought out again about half an hour later, there were only two of them and they were stacked on top of each other.
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“There were also handfuls of forensic bags being taken out.
“When one of the coppers was asked what was going on, he said: ‘All I can say is be prepared for the worst.’
“There’s been a lot of rumours going on. The lad who lives in the house has always been very quiet. He’s into his computers and always makes sure his mum’s OK.
“He’s a forklift driver and keeps himself to himself.”
Police say the investigation is at a very early stage and detectives are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances.
An undertaker took the remains away and they are now being examined by forensic experts to determine the age and sex of the babies and any possible causes of death.
Crime scene investigators worked throughout Sunday and into Monday.
Det Supt Steve Naylor, leading the investigation, said: “Following a call to us, we attended at an address in St Helens where human remains were discovered.
“The remains are believed to be that of newborn babies and at this stage of the inquiry it is believed they are the remains of three babies.
“The investigation has only recently commenced and a number of lines of enquiry are being explored.
“We cannot speculate as to the cause or circumstances of the deaths and any inappropriate supposition is likely to have a severe impact on the investigation and the family concerned.
“This looks like being a complex investigation and a lot of hard work needs to be done before we can ascertain what the full circumstances are surrounding this situation.”
Neighbours say a second house, in nearby Freemantle Avenue, which is believed to be the home of the daughter of the woman who lives in Harlow Close, was also cordoned off by police as part of their investigation.
Jacqueline Morris, 42, said: “I was surprised, shocked by it all. People just want to know what’s happened.”
Mark Davies, 28, who lives near the house, said: “The police taped off the house so no-one could go near it.
“Forensic officers in their white suits were at the house all day, taking things like boxes in and out of the house
“A police van was stood outside for two days and two nights.
“We live round here, I’ve got two young kids, and we just want to know what’s happened, but the police keep telling us they’re not at liberty to say.”
Three people – two women aged 54 and 38 and a 26-year-old man – were questioned over the discovery before being released pending further inquiries. THE ECHO