Neighbour shares account of dead baby found at Preston Road

Neighbour shares account of dead baby found at Preston Road

Horrified neighbours have shared their accounts of what they heard after a baby died and a woman was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police were called to Preston Road, Wembley, yesterday at around 9.51 am yesterday (July 22) to reports of an injured infant.

A baby, believed to be eight months old, was pronounced dead at the scene, while a woman was arrested and remains in custody.

It is believed that all parties involved were known to each other.

Shocked residents told how a woman dressed in black was led away in handcuffs by police.

Ilona Sidorova, 45, a mental health worker, brought food and drink out of her home for those living inside the crime scene while police investigated.

The neighbour said she was “shocked” to see emergency services outside her home and hear screaming after returning from work.

She said: “I came back after my night shift, but there was some noise and screaming in front of the door.

“What I saw first was the woman covered in black. She was already wearing handcuffs and was screaming for the policeman ‘I’m a Muslim, I’m a Muslim.’

“I saw the lady in black screaming and about 15 metres away there was a man. He was hysterical, he was screaming, and the police took him in the car and then took her too.”

The eyewitness continued: “I just saw them as neighbours – that’s it. They were looking so friendly, all of them.

“There were seven or eight people living there, more than one family.

“I would see them and speak with them. Sometimes children came and I allowed them to pick blackberries.

“I was shocked. I work as a nurse in a house for people with mental health problems, so I see people with those problems, but I never saw anything strange or suspicious.”

An eyewitness told the neighbour that a woman could be heard screaming “I killed your baby”.

Earlier a convoy of marked and unmarked police cars lined the street while forensics officers, dressed in Hazmat suits, walked back and forth from the house to their van.

Roy Smith, Met Police North West Commander, said: “This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with all those affected including the family and our first responders who rushed to the scene.

“Whilst I know the effects of this death will reverberate throughout the local community, please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to investigate and, at this early stage, are not seeking any other person in connection with the death.

“I would like to hear from anyone who feels they may have information that could assist our investigation to understand this horrific tragedy.”

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