Heartbreaking note reveals neighbour heard 'baby's cries' before body found in search for Constance Marten's newborn | The Sun

A HEARTBREAKING note left close to where Constance Marten's tragic baby was found has revealed a neighbour heard crying – and regretted not going towards the noise.

The body was last night found after the couple were detained by cops in Brighton on Monday, ending their seven weeks on the run.

Marten and partner Mark Gordon were located on a residential street shortly before 9.30pm, sparking an urgent hunt for the child.

They had been seen walking off the Sussex Downs without the newborn by a member of the public who then rang 999.

Last night police revealed that they discovered the remains of a baby in a wooded area close to where the pair were arrested.

And today a devastating note was seen left at the scene by someone who claims to have heard a baby's cries.


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The card, attached to a white teddy bear, reads: “RIP little darling.

“I am so traumatised. I should have followed your cries.

“I will never forget.”

It comes after police today gave a heartbreaking update on the discovery of the remains.

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Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford told reporters that the baby "may have been dead for some time".

Speaking at a press conference, the Metropolitan Police officer said: "At this stage we have not yet been able to confirm the baby's gender and post-mortem examination has not yet taken place.

"Despite this, based on our inquiries we've carried out so far, we believe sadly the baby may have been dead for some time before they were found.

"It is too early for us to provide a more specific date.

"Because we believe the death occurred during the course of a missing person investigation we have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). This is standard protocol for such circumstances."

The couple remains in custody having been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and gross negligence manslaughter.

The warrant of further detention that was granted yesterday is in place until late this evening.

It comes after police revealed they are testing placenta found in Marten and her lover Mark Gordon’s car to find out the baby's gender.

Cops previously said the new mum had given birth in her car days before the pair fled.

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Since the pair's arrest police had been desperately searching across 91 square miles of East Sussex for the missing baby.

Over 200 officers were spotted searching under cars and behind bins in Stanmer Villas and nearby Roedale Valley Allotments.

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