Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mother tells of her 'living nightmare' after she suffered a miscarriage and was arrested by British police on suspicion of MURDER

A heartbroken mother-of-two held on suspicion of murder after suffering a miscarriage has spoken out about her treatment by police.

Lauren Bull, 30, had no idea she was 31 weeks pregnant when she suffered a miscarriage at her home in Braintree, Essex, in November 2015, after waking up in a pool of blood.

She was rushed to hospital with a collapsed womb but hours after life-saving surgery, she and her partner Jack Walker, 28, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

The pair spent some 34 hours behind bars at Chelmsford police station and officers only dropped the murder probe when a post-mortem confirmed a still birth.

However police spent a further seven months investigating claims the couple had concealed a body, and only dropped the case two weeks ago.

Ms Bull now says she was 'treated like a killer' and claim officers showed 'no humanity' towards her. She told The Sun: 'I can't forgive the police for the way they treated me. 'They tried to tell Jack I had been having an affair and he had tried to kill the baby when he found out it wasn't his.'

She said the allegations were 'lies' and is now planning to pursue legal action against the force.

Ms Bull suffered stomach cramps and flu-like symptoms prior to her miscarriage, but said she had no bump, no craving and continued to have periods - so did not suspect she was pregnant.

Before attending the hospital, the pair cleaned their blood soaked toilet to avoid worrying their children.  'There was a lot of blood on the floor and I didn't want the kids to see,' said Miss Bull.

Mr Walker told The Sun he had not seen the 5cm foetus.

Ten police officers later went round to the house before arresting the pair.

Ms Bull said she and her partner had been planning to have a third child, but after their ordeal, she 'never wants to be pregnant again'.

An Essex Police spokesman said two people were arrested on suspicion of concealing a birth and they were subsequently released without further police action.

A police spokesman added: 'Recent cases have highlighted the need for police to thoroughly investigate any harm to a child, especially when they die.  'The body of this poor baby was found in unusual circumstances.

'The death of any child is tragic and when the circumstances of a child's death are unusual and unexplained then we have a duty to thoroughly investigate.

'This is to provide answers to the family and the public, minimise the risk of any future harm to a child and to ensure that the rights of the deceased child are upheld.

'There was a full multi-agency response to this distressing event to ensure there was the necessary support to all of those involved and affected by this tragedy.'

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) added: 'We have advised Essex Police that it is not in the public interest to prosecute a 30-year-old woman for concealing the birth of a child.

'Any decision by the CPS does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct; the CPS makes decisions only according to the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and it is applied in all decisions on whether or not to prosecute.'

Original report here

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