Police hunt man following “tragic” death of baby boy

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UPDATE: A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have made an urgent plea for public assistance as they step up their search for a 33-year-old man in connection with the death of a baby boy.

Officers and medics were called to a flat on Wilberforce Road at 11.10pm on Saturday, 18 March as the one-year-old boy and a girl of the same age were found critically injured and fighting for their lives.

They were rushed to an east London hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead at 12.48am on Sunday morning.

The girl remains in a critical condition.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are urging members of the public to come forward with information regarding the whereabouts of Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, of Wilberforce Road.

Mr Das was at the flat shortly before the injured children were found, but left before emergency services were called, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police.

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Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams said:”This is clearly a tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the family of the two young children.

“It is of paramount importance that Mr Das is located immediately and we are urgently seeking the public’s help in the hope that they will be our eyes and ears and provide us with any useful information that would assist with tracing him.

“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. Information can be provided to us directly or to Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Mr Das has not been seen since this time.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact the police on 020 8345 3775.

Image is of murder suspect Bidhya Sagar Das.