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    UK - Vicar & daughter charged in death of newborn, Freckleton, Lancs, 25 Nov 2014

    The Revd Jim Percival, priest in charge of Freckleton, and his 28 y.o. dau Ruth have been arrested for murder following a reported stillbirth; also unspecified sex offences. Wife also arrested for concealing birth.

    It emerged that police were initially called to the vicarage on Tuesday last week to reports of a stillbirth.
    Shortly afterwards, Mr Percival is said to have disappeared for some days, leaving a note with parishioners which set out instructions for his funeral, including readings and hymns.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...by-murder.html

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    I wonder what the sexual offences are? So sad

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    I was absolutely horrified and disgusted when I read this how can you do that to an innocent baby it's sick. R.I.P little one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjrichards View Post
    I was absolutely horrified and disgusted when I read this how can you do that to an innocent baby it's sick. R.I.P little one.
    If you're worried the existence of the baby is evidence of a sexual offence; incest, for example?
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    They've dropped the sex offence charges, but are continuing to question father and daughter on concealing a birth: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-offences.html

    The baby's cause of death is not yet determined (it could still be natural causes, although the police suspect it was suspicious). It used to be the case that concealing a pregnancy, and the baby then dying, was assumed to be infanticide, even if the cause of death could not be determined, but I didn't think that was the case nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellmau View Post
    They've dropped the sex offence charges, but are continuing to question father and daughter on concealing a birth: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-offences.html

    The baby's cause of death is not yet determined (it could still be natural causes, although the police suspect it was suspicious). It used to be the case that concealing a pregnancy, and the baby then dying, was assumed to be infanticide, even if the cause of death could not be determined, but I didn't think that was the case nowadays.
    Thanks for the update Ellmau it will be interesting to see if any other charges are dropped or added.
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    All three bailed until 5 March pending tests to determine cause of death:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-30342999

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    I do not have much knowledge of the Church of England, but wouldn't a vicar have connections to possibly private adopt the baby out to an infertile or other couple on an adoption waiting list somewhere? I thought a vicar was well-educated and could come up with a better outcome for the infant, regardless of what sins were committed by the 3 adults involved. I know that God sees all sins as equal, but here on earth, having a 28 year old daughter adopt out an unplanned baby gets a lot less scrutiny than having a deceased new born in your house.
    If there were as many stillborn babies born in hospitals as are found deceased in private homes, schools, and public bathrooms, we would never hear about this measles outbreaks and whether the flu shot was any good this year. All JMO.
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    Private adoptions are virtually unknown in the UK, unless they're within the family, and even then I think Social Services gets involved unless it's a stepparent situation. (I know someone who fosters, and they were at one point caring for a baby who was going to be adopted by the very young birth mother's aunt.)

    Latest news: the vicar is also accused of a historic rape allegation, one assumes someone came forward after all the publicity over this case:
    http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/frec...tion-1-7060960


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    Father and daughter re-bailed until July for murder and concealing birth; mother released without charge. The rape charge has been dropped.

    http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/frec...july-1-7141515

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellmau View Post
    Father and daughter re-bailed until July for murder and concealing birth; mother released without charge. The rape charge has been dropped.

    http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/frec...july-1-7141515
    I'm unfamiliar with "re-bailed" ... what does that mean?

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    Released on bail a second time, the first period on bail having expired.

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    The Rev Jim Percival and daughter Ruth were re-bailed again until 30 September. Baby's cause of death is STILL unknown.

    http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/ne...robe-1-7344648

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    And re-bailed yet again, this time until 11 January 2016. Still no cause of death, but they are still suspects. It does seem to be taking an exceptionally long time.

    http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/baby...ects-1-7489288

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