The tragic deaths of a mother and newborn baby who were found in a Leicester hotel room remain under investigation, police have confirmed. The circumstances of the tragedy, which unfolded at the city centre Travelodge in the Haymarket Shopping Centre last week, are still unclear.
Emergency services had been called to the hotel, whose main entrance is on the rooftop car park of the centre, shortly before 3pm on Thursday (March 24). Police said that the infant had just been delivered in one of the rooms when hotel staff stumbled across the scene.
The alarm was raised after the mother and baby were found to be ‘unresponsive’. It sparked a dramatic emergency response that was witnessed by many hotel guests and shoppers.
One man told LeicestershireLive how he saw paramedics desperately trying to revive the pair using CPR on the rooftop car park as ambulances waited in the street below. “It has to be the most heart-breaking thing I’ve ever seen,” said the eyewitness, who didn’t want to be named.
The woman and child were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, however, it was revealed that they were both pronounced dead shortly after their arrival. Leicestershire Police released a statement in the aftermath confirming an investigation had been launched into the double tragedy.
“Officers were called by East Midlands Ambulance Service shortly before 3pm on Thursday, March 24 to a hotel in the Haymarket Shopping Centre, Leicester,” it said. “The call was made following a new born baby, who had just been delivered in a hotel room, and that the mother and child were unresponsive.”
“Officers attended the scene and both were taken to hospital where sadly they were pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.” The force added: “The deaths are not being treated as suspicious, but unexplained, while further inquiries are being carried out.”
The coroner’s service for Leicester City and South Leicestershire, based in The Town Hall, today said more information was needed before it would be decided whether inquests would be held. That includes the results of post mortem examinations, a coroner’s officer said.
Why the woman was giving birth in a city hotel room in the first place – and whether there was any third party involved – will be among the matters Leicestershire Police are currently investigating. When approached for an update today, a police spokesman said: “Inquiries are continuing.”