Man arrested after one-year-old boy is killed
Child dies and his sister is critically injured Investigators await results of postmortem exam
A 33-year-old man was arrested last night in connection with the killing of a oneyear-old boy in an incident in Finsbury Park, north London.
Bidhya Sagar Das was being sought by the Metropolitan police after the incident on Saturday, which also left the victim’s twin sister critically injured.
Both the children were taken to an east London hospital on Saturday night after an incident at a home in Wilberforce Road.
Neighbours said they saw a woman running into the street screaming “my kids” late on Saturday evening. Police were called at 11.10pm.
The boy was pronounced dead shortly before 1am yesterday and the girl remained in a critical condition.
A murder investigation launched yesterday is being led by DCI Dave Whellams of the homicide and major crime command. Police had urged members of the public to call 999 if they saw Das.
In his appeal Whellams said: “As the hours pass, the need to locate Bidhya Sagar Das becomes more pressing.
“He may have approached friends or family in the aftermath of the incident and I am specifically appealing to these people to come forward.”
No postmortem or formal identification of the boy had yet been carried out, police said.
A police helicopter searched Finsbury Park in the early hours of yesterday, and officers carried out door-to-door inquiries in Wilberforce Road. Detectives were seen carrying forensic equipment into the property.
Mihai Manea, who lives in the building, said the toddlers were twins who lived on the top floor. He said a colleague who also worked at the hotel had discovered the children and was “in shock”.
“It’s really tense,” Manea said. “There’s police coming and going all the time.”
A Metropolitan police spokesman said: “Detectives are urgently trying to trace a man who was at the flat shortly before the injured children were found but left before emergency services were called. The man has not been seen since this time.”
The Met said of the deaths: “Next of kin are aware. Formal identification awaits and a postmortem examination will be scheduled in due course.”
It added that inquiries were under way to “establish the full circumstances of the incident”.
The National Police Air Service helicopter had tweeted that it was assisting “officers searching Finsbury Park for a suspect”.
A woman living opposite the building where the children were found, who gave her name as Gui Gui, said she heard a woman shouting late on Saturday night and opened the window to offer help.
“I was watching TV,” she said. “I heard someone was shouting. She kept on shouting. I do not know what she was shouting. I opened the window and I asked her: ‘Can I help you, can I call the police for you?’ “She said: ‘My kids’.” A police car remained parked outside the white three-storey building last night and neighbours said that officers had been searching properties in the street.
Whellams said: “This is clearly a tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the family of the two young children. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals a baby boy sadly died in the early hours of this morning.
“A baby girl currently remains in a critical condition and is receiving specialist medical care.”