LONDON – Authorities have been arrested in the stabbing death of a pregnant woman in what police are calling a "horrific" attack. Her baby was delivered by paramedics but was in critical condition.
British police were called to a residential address in Croydon, a neighborhood of south London, on Saturday night, where they found the woman suffering from stab wounds.
The victim, identified as 26-year-old Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, got into cardiac arrest and died despite efforts from paramedics to save her. She is believed to have been pregnant for about eight months, according to police.
After paramedics delivered to the baby, the child was taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to London's Metropolitan Police. The gender of the baby had not been revealed.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in custody. A 37-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack but was released. Police did not identify the two men
Police said they are keeping an "open mind" about the motive for the attack and have appealed to the public for information.
"This is a horrific incident in which a young mother has lost her life and child is critically ill, ”said Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman.
“ At the forefront of our inquiries is understanding what exactly has led to these tragic circumstances, and we are doing everything we can to establish the facts. ”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attack on Twitter, writing :" Violence against women has no place in our city, and horrific murders in the home like this show the scale of the problem we face. My heart goes out to this innocent child, and to the mother they have so tragically lost. "On Sunday, Croydon police said they were increasing their presence in the area and providing reinsurance following the attack.
Forensic and police presence remains at the address in Thornton Heath in south London
A post-mortem examination will be held. 19659015]