THE Ardoyne community is in shock this morning as a murder investigation begins into the death of a newborn baby in Brompton Park and the arrest of its mother.
Another child, thought to be three-year-old, was taken to hospital and remains in intensive care.
The 29 year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
Police were called to the house in Brompton Park shortly after 8pm last night (Tuesday).
Detective Chief Inspector Millar from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team said police discovered the injured baby and another injured child in the house.
"Despite the efforts of the emergency services the baby was sadly pronounced dead at the scene."
“Our thoughts are with the baby’s family, who are being supported by Family Liaison Officers. While our investigation is at any early stage I can confirm that at this stage, we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this tragic death."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police.
Terrible sad and tragic news tonight in Ardoyne involving a mother and two children. Police are continuing their investigations of what happened tonight in Brompton Park. We now need to give them time to do this and think about the wider family. pic.twitter.com/plgnh0j1gu— Paul Mc Cusker (@Paul_Mc_Cusker) July 27, 2021
Local community organisation, Ardoyne Association described the incident as a “devastating tragedy.”
“As we wake up this morning to the heartbreaking news, let us take a moment to think of our neighbours in Brompton Park and emergency services who assisted last night,” they said.
“Our community has witnessed a devastating tragedy. While you are reading this message, if your loved ones are beside you, give them a hug or phone them just to say hello.
“We need love and support right now to get through this. If we can assist in anyway please just phone our office.”
North Belfast Sinn Féin MP John Finucane visited the scene last night (below).
"The community of Ardoyne and beyond are shocked and heartbroken as the police have now confirmed the murder of a young child and another in critical condition," he said.
Police have now confirmed a murder investigation into tonight’s tragic incident in Ardoyne with one person arrested.— John Finucane MP (@johnfinucane) July 27, 2021
Our thoughts are with all those involved.
I again appeal to everyone to be mindful & not to post or share anything which would add further distress.
"The thoughts of all of our community are with the family involved."
SDLP North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon has said her thoughts are with the family at the centre of the tragic incident.
Devastating news coming from Ardoyne community this evening.— Rev Karen Sethuraman (@KarenSethuraman) July 27, 2021
Friends, let’s be careful what is posted.
Prayers and thoughts with all involved.
"Our thoughts are with the wider family and we want to thank those residents who assisted the police at the scene," she said.