Lancashire

Freckleton vicar and daughter bailed in baby murder case

Revd James Percival Image copyright Freckleton CofE Primary School
Image caption Reverend James Percival of Holy Trinity Church in Freckleton was arrested on Tuesday

A vicar and his daughter have been bailed after their arrests on suspicion of murdering a baby.

The Reverend James Percival, 64, of Holy Trinity Church in Freckleton, and daughter Ruth, 28, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child.

His wife Susan, 65, was also arrested on suspicion of concealing a birth.

Lancashire Police said three people have been bailed until 5 March. A post-mortem examination was inconclusive.

A police spokesman said: "The 64-year-old man and 28-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child and the 65-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child have all been bailed until 5 March 2015."

Further tests to establish how the baby died will be carried out.

Police arrested the vicar and his daughter on Tuesday after reports of a woman giving birth to a stillborn baby boy on 25 November.

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