UPDATE: Police believe mother of dead Bicester child may have left country

Thames Valley Police believe the mother of a two-year-old girl found dead in Bicester today, Thursday, may have left the country.

An investigation has been launched after the discovery of the child’s body in Herald Way, Glory Farm, this morning.

Scene of an unexplained child death in Herald Way, Bicester.

Scene of an unexplained child death in Herald Way, Bicester.

Police attended the address in Bicester after a report received just after 10am concerning fear for the welfare of the child from a member of her family.

Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Ian Hunter said: “We believe the child was in the care of her mother at the time of her death and officers are currently trying to trace her whereabouts.

“At this time she is thought to have left the United Kingdom.

“We need to speak to the mother to establish the circumstances prior to the discovery of the child’s body.”

Earlier in the day Det Ch Insp Hunter said there is no reason to believe there is a risk posed to the wider community.

A post mortem examination is being carried out tonight (Thursday). A formal identification of the two-year-old has yet to be made.

Supt Colin Paine, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire area commander, said: “Incidents of this nature are extremely sad and will inevitably be felt throughout the community.

“I would like to reassure the local community that there is no risk posed to them and the local neighbourhood team will be carrying out patrols to speak to residents about any concerns they may have.”

Police are expected to remain at the scene overnight but have confirmed no further updates will be made this evening.

Return to this website for further detail tomorrow, Friday.