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Baby delivered after mum stabbed to death in London home

Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death. Source: PA Wire

Paramedics have delivered the baby of a woman who stabbed to death in a home in London.

A woman who was about eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill after being delivered by paramedics in London.

Medics fought in vain to save the mother after being called to a London home in the middle of the night.

"Her baby was delivered at the scene before being taken to hospital," the capital's Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Saturday, adding that the infant remained in critical condition.

Police officers carrying door to door inquiries in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon
Police officers carrying door to door inquiries.
PA Wire

Police said that a 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and was in custody.

The newborn remains in hospital in a critical condition, Scotland Yard said.

Reacting to the murder on Twitter, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "Violence against women is endemic in society and devastating murders in the home, like this one, show the scale of the problem we face.

"My prayers are with this innocent child, and with the mother it has so tragically lost."

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