Baby found in Woolwich drain ‘receives tribute’

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A baby girl who was found in a drain in south London on Monday has been discharged from hospital, according to her parents.

The girl, who has been named as Emilia-Grace Kanode, died on Friday following the incident in Ditton Lane, Woolwich.

Her mother, a 30-year-old Nigerian, and grandmother have been arrested on suspicion of murder, said Met Police.

Detective chief inspector Steve Langton, said investigations were ongoing.

He said: “Whilst this investigation is at a very early stage, what I can tell you is that this little girl was very much loved and she was one in a million.”

Video footage showed the dark pipe leading to the drain on Monday afternoon but a spokesperson for the toddler’s family said the discovery of the girl in the drain was “inexplicable”.

Officers also removed the drain where the child was found.

A hand-drawn map was found on the wall of the drain, referring to a street name and name of a library.

There was evidence of diesel fuel inside the pipe as well as human remains, said the police.

Her mother and grandmother, aged 62 and 71, were released on bail until Thursday, 20 March.

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