A newborn is in critical condition after its mother was stabbed to death forcing paramedics to deliver the baby.
Sky News reports that the incident had taken place in the early hours of Saturday morning in the South London borough of Croydon.
Paramedics were called to the scene in Thornton Heath at around 3.30AM where they responded to a 26-year-old pregnant woman with severe stab wounds.
When the woman, who was about eight months pregnant, went into cardiac arrest, the paramedics opted to deliver the baby.
The baby is now reported to be in critical condition in hospital.
The police say they have also arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of the murder.
Mick Norman Detective Chief Inspector, told the media, “This is a horrific incident in which a young mother has lost her life and her child is critically ill. Our sympathies go out to her devastated family; they are being supported by specially trained officers following this awful event, and I would ask that they are left alone at this time as they come to terms with the enormity of what has happened.
“A large crime scene is in place, and is likely to be in place for some time. Residents should be aware that if they have any concerns, or information they would like to share with us, that they can speak to any of the officers there, or call our incident room on 020 8721 4005. Alternatively please use the anonymous methods of reporting information to the police, such as Crimestoppers, if you wish.
“At the forefront of our enquiries is understanding what exactly has lead to these tragic circumstances, and we are doing everything we can to establish the facts.”