Doctors discharge black infant two days after her discovery in a drain in north London, her family says
Doctors have discharged a baby girl who was found alive in a drain two days ago.
Medics at the Anna Freud hospital in north London said the black infant, who was hospitalised for a suspected psychosis, was discharged on Saturday.
A family spokeswoman said: “The baby has been discharged from hospital on Saturday after receiving treatment for suspected psychosis.
“Her relatives would like to thank the police, ambulance crews and the nurses and doctors from Anna Freud hospital who have treated the infant well.”
The infant, known only as Lily, was discovered dead, tangled in ropes, on a tube train platform in south London on Thursday. Police officers searching a drain at Kings Heath underground station, on the line to Birmingham New Street, dug up a sewage pipe and were shocked to find a black girl, reported to be up to five months old, alive.
Hundreds of people gathered at Kings Heath station on Friday for a vigil to remember Lily.
Her decomposed body was sent for a postmortem examination, and her mother, aged 23, who is from Kings Heath and said to be pregnant, was arrested on suspicion of murder. The man she is said to be living with, also 23, has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
Scotland Yard said the investigation into the murder of Lily continues. Detectives are trying to trace the father, who detectives said is already being investigated for offences in 2008 and 2009. He was allegedly in possession of “highly offensive substances” which can be used in cases of domestic violence. He was also facing another assault allegation at the time of Lily’s death.
Friends of the accused man have said he had become a hard nut to crack after Lily was born.