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Mother charged with murder after death of baby daughter in park

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Mother charged with murder after death of baby daughter in park

It follows an incident in Leeds on Wednesday

A woman has been charged with murdering her five-month-old baby daughter who was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital from a park.

West Yorkshire Police said Hayley Macfarlane, 39, from Barnsley, is due to face magistrates in Leeds on Saturday.

She has been charged with the murder of daughter Evelyn after an incident at Woodhouse Moor park in Leeds, the force said.

In a statement issued on Thursday, police said a woman had contacted police at 5.44pm on Wednesday reporting a baby in a serious condition in an area of the park at the junction of Clarendon Road and Moorland Road.

The statement added: “Officers attended and the five-month-old girl was taken to hospital by ambulance for emergency treatment but was pronounced dead a short time later.

“A scene was put in place for forensic examination and detectives from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are leading the investigation.”

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